There’s a lot of posts I want to write, but first I have to write an overarching post on how men interact with women. I’ve been holding off on this because it’s a complex topic to explain, but explaining this will make everything much easier in the long run.
Understanding masculinity in relation to women
First, there are two main categories.
In Understanding Attraction, the analogy I used for attraction is the handshake. You squeeze her hand, or she squeezes your hand and you squeeze back.
- Offensive — Squeezing her hand is the offensive way (pun intended) to build attraction, and
- Defensive — Her squeezing your hand and you squeezing back is the defensive way to build attraction. These are always fitness tests.
These are the two overarching themes and you can see how all interactions with women fall into these two categories. Now, within these categories there are also two distinctions to be made in each.
- Offensive (self)
- Offensive (her)
- Defensive (self)
- Defensive (her)
- (self) You tease her to respect you — This is where you make a comment that ultimately demands respect, usually veiled behind teasing or joking. One example that I used in Role Reversal is the concept of reverse fitness testing by saying to her with a grin “did you miss me?” or “you never listen to me.”
- (her) You teasingly correct her — This is where you make a comment on the indirect truth. For a Christian man this means speaking the truth in love. I discussed this thoroughly in this series of posts: The socialization of men and women, The selfish and unselfish socialization of men, Masculinity is the truth, and Masculinity is the truth Part 2. If you see that her behavior is out of line then you call her on it. The concept of “negs” also falls under here. Knocking someone down for no reason at all isn’t godly, but if a man or woman has inflated pride or is self righteous it is good to reveal the truth through your words. For instance, see all of Jesus’ conversations with the Pharisees.
Defensive (e.g. Fitness tests)
- (self) She does not respect you — This is where a woman abuses Christian nice guys for their time or accuses you of something. For example, accusations may involve “You look funny/ridiculous”, “Can you do X, Y, Z for me?”, “You’re not the jealous type are you?” etc. Basically, if her behavior is out of line then call her on it.
- (her) She wants you to respect her — This is where a woman demands you respect her or wants you to validate her. For instance, “Do I look good in this dress?” Did I do a good job or what?” “Did you miss me?”, “You never listen to me”, “You never let me do X while other girlfriends can do it”, etc.
 Used some examples from Heartiste’s compendium of shit tests.
As you can see, I’ve discussed examples from all of these categories in various articles before. However, having discussed them before is not enough because Christians are to speak and act in a manner worthy of Christ. Thus, I want to go through each of these categories and examine the framework of masculinity and what the Scriptures say on these particular situations.
- Offensive: You tease her to respect you — For husbands this is obvious (Eph 5:33). Christian men and women are called to have brotherly love (philadelphia, Rom 12:10) as well as charity (agapao) for one another (John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-21), though Christian women are not called to submit to men who are not their husbands. This is an easy separator for Christian men who are pursuing a wife as women that would more willingly submit to you in a courtship/engagement phase are going to be respectful of you. Don’t pursue a woman who is not interested in you.
- Offensive: You teasingly correct her — For husbands again this is obvious (Eph 5:25-31). 2 Timothy 3:16 — all Scripture is God breathed for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. Likewise, in Matt 18, Luke 17, 1 Cor 5:2, and 2 Thes 3:6 if a brother is in sin or error point it out to him. Utilizing teasing and flirting to spur women on towards righteousness and away from sin is a godly thing for any Christian man to do.
- Defensive: She does not respect you (or others) — This nebulous as Christian women are not called to respect Christian men that aren’t their husbands. However, often these types of comments denote impropriety on the side of the man (“you’re not jealous are you?”) or are [harshly] judgmental without concern for correction (“why did you do that?”, “why would you wear something like that?”). This violates the Scripture’s clear teachings about edification and peace Rom 8:29, Rom 15,14, 1 Thes 5:11,14, Heb 3:13, 10:24-25, 1 Pet 4:10. See general body responsibilities here for more Scriptures on this. Likewise, Christian men can be abused for their time as I have discussed before because there are situations where men should not be involved with women who are not their wives because it is the woman’s husband’s or woman’s significant other’s responsibility. Additionally, Christian women are not to be teaching men (1 Tim 2:12), though the older women are called to teach the younger (Titus 2:3-5). Men are to teach men (Prov 27:17, Titus 2:6-8).
- Defensive: She wants you to respect her — The Scriptures state to love your wives (Eph 25-31), be considerate (1 Peter 3:7), do not be harsh (Col 3:19), etc. but not respect wives. Indeed, as we have seen repeatedly respecting wives is not what they need to be loved.
If you notice any Scripture verses that apply to these categories that I missed (and I’m sure there’s many) then make sure to leave them in the comments. Similarly, if you notice anything off theologically about what I’ve said I would appreciate correction.
The sanitization of game?
If you see what I am doing as santizing game you’re missing the mark. Game may have shown you what masculinity can look like albeit in an evil direction, but it is God who created masculinity. That’s why I glorify God for helping me to better understand masculinity, even if my sources are the Scriptures and a “worldly thing” such as game.
1 Corinthians 1:27
but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,
I honor God not game. Instead of seeing game as something all Christian men to learn, I would rather see all men embrace masculinity (as opposed to femininity) in a godly manner. To see the masculinity that God created and grow into it. Getting caught up in defending game makes you miss sight of God and His creation.
John 15:19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this [a]world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may [b]prove what the will of God is, that which is good and [c]acceptable and perfect.
1 John 2:15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
The main thing is fourfold in the overarching development of masculinity as it relates to women:
- In teasing her to respect you this helps you to filter the women who are not suitable to be your helpmeet. Those that don’t respect you will most likely have trouble obeying God’s command to submit to you in marriage. While you can be a respected man, it is ultimately a woman’s choice to submit to your headship in marriage. That’s why this is a good filter for women who you are interested in.
- In you correct her, the goal is to spur women on towards rigtheousness with your flirting and teasing. Not towards temptation.
- When she does not have respect for you, this is also case where a woman can be off track and need correction as well. If a woman is accusative then throw it right back at her and call her on it. If she’s being excessively judgmental then call her on it. If she’s being rude then call her on it. Silly answers deflect the intended questions, but reversing to have them take a look at their own behavior is a Biblical thing to do.
- With she wants you to respect her, she is not following Biblical principles and can be often fishing for compliments for her own pride or self worth. This is something worth correcting as well.
In most of these instances, one can use the masculine concepts in order to bring glory to God by taking the focus off of your and/or her and refocusing the situation on what God desires. Similarly, using the first tactic to filter for those who would be suitable for you in marriage and eventually as a Biblical command in marriage is a good thing.
If you’re a “pro-gamer” think about your motives here. It’s not about “creating attraction” with women although that’s a nice side effect. It’s about doing what God wants by learning the concepts of how to spur women towards righteousness. It’s about seeing behind the deception of the devil in the relatively “innocuous” behavior of women and to call it out to help them grow into better Christians.
Therefore, have a heart for God, read the Scriptures, pray and meditate on the Word, and go forth and learn to use the masculinity that God created for His purposes. As it says in 1 Timothy 2 “[God] desires all men to be saved and to come to the [c]knowledge of the truth.” Take care that such knowledge will not allow your pride to draw you away from God, but rather direct your steps and others towards Him.