He says that without social or legal guidance, this is their ‘default,’ if you will. Because in places where social or legal protection isn’t present, this type of treatment continues in our world even today. Wrong…We’re not more sophisticated, we are more ” (106) So what’s the big deal?Jesus taught that God would understand our love for him through how we loved others, and others include women.“And not as in the flashing neon sign outside a strip club. They know.” (101) Looking back at previous chapters, this one asks guys to step out of their child-like ways and step into the ways a gentleman views and treats a woman. They didn’t have a say in the matter because they were commodities. It’s the promise that ” (104) Where does this leave us?Real gentlemen don’t spend their discretionary time and money in strip clubs. Furthermore, “Prostitution was legal, encouraged, and in many places, part of religious tradition. To the tune of about ten billion dollars a year.” (103) Then Andy dives into the sex trade as well as the thousands of women and children fundamentally enslaved for sexual use in our country today. Men continue to act like they did millennia ago and women are often complicit in the view of themselves as a commodity. Christianity came in with a whole new game that, when correctly applied, radically transformed the role and status of women in the world: Jesus revealed that God loved the ladies just as much as he loved the guys and this was revolutionary.
It’s like when John wrote about Jesus talking to the woman at the well and his disciples were surprised.
Ephesians says, “In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.” I Peter 3:7 states, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner.” Again, consider why this even had to be stated: Jesus was elevating women above the station socially accepted by the culture at that time.
Chapter 6 is for the male readers, but how do I skip a chapter? Become a gentleman and you will be the man women are looking for.” (102) Let’s take a few steps back to a time not so long ago when women were seen as commodities (like pork, oil, gold, real estate, cattle, etc.): they were assigned a certain value and then used as a means to procure other of value.
So I moved forward with reading “Gentleman’s Club,” whose purpose is not to shame but rather inspire guys to become gentlemen. This means they were used the same way money is: sold, bought, traded, used for reward, given away, etc.