In the popular old SCI-Fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation, there is a character called Data, who is an android. As an android, he gets into all sorts of trouble and if I were in charge of the Enterprise, I would have expelled him from the ship long ago. His ability to change passwords at lightning fast speeds does not make up for his defective programming. As a created artifact, he also has an on-off switch on his back. In one episode, he reveals the switch to his engineer/doctor/friend and remarks, “if you had an on/off switch, would you want anyone knowing about it”?
This brings me to the discussion of Game, that esoteric theory of interpersonal relationships that claims women have certain biological predispositions and that if you know those predispositions, you can exploit them. It is like knowing where a woman’s on-off switch is.
I personally don’t have any interest in practicing this form of manipulation myself nor do I think unkindly of people who do it or the women who fall for it. I care about it because I am keenly interested in human relationships and how people interact with each other to accomplish their goals. Having read about this theory, I am further interested in it because I have an adult daughter. If she does have an on-off switch, I would want her to know that and know how to shield it from manipulation.
In our society, that on-off switch used to be shielded by society itself. Men and women had certain places and roles into which they could congregate. There were boundaries and supervision. There were rules of behavior and decorum. Those are all ways of guarding the on-off switch. There is a lot less of that today than in the past. Too many women openly broadcast the location of their on-off switch and invite strangers to play with it.
But I did tell my daughter about Game and its basic theory so that she will be forewarned when a guy tries one of the more obvious tactics.