In The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp, Polycarp displays the valued masculine traits mentioned in the Cobb reading over the Jews and Romans persecuting him. He displays control of his emotions where they do not. Polycarp is impervius to the pain associated with his torture and death in a display of physical strength and control (or what Cobb calls volition), In 12, he is shown to actually be joyous, rather than giving into fear (which would not be fitting of such a good, manly Christian). It is explained directly that he has complete control over his emotions. He also endures his painful punishment with ease and physical control, as he does not cry out or run away - he does not even need to be nailed down. He just endures it. In this way he also displays courage, which is instructed to do from the voice from heaven. The voice, only heard by the chosen ones (this being an example of comparison and exclusivity), tells him to be strong and have courage (9). The man is being just as well, taking the pain and volunteering himself as sacrifice with what is described as minimal resistance to benefit all the people.
This is in contrast to the Roman and Jewish persecutors in the story. While Polycarp has control over his emotions, his persecutors allow their emotions to show plainly. For example, when the persecutors discover that he will not recant while sitting in the chariot, they get angry and force him out of it in such haste that they scrape his leg. The governor speaks with a greater amount of exclamation points! and resorts to threats when he does not hear what he would like to from Polycarp. The crowd is described as being in an uproar, and they are called 'lawless pagans' (9), suggesting imagery of frenzied animals. They have no control of their emotions in comparison to Polycarp, who is rational and controlled. They also have no power of persuasion over Polycarp, who obstinately yet calmly stands by his faith and refuses to be controlled; he is in control.
This offers further evidence for Christianity's 'masculine' identity, as the Christians seem to have all of the power in this situation. The masculinity of it is all associated with some form of power - whether that be emotional, physical (as in self-mastery and enduring torture), or spiritual. The overarching theme of these stories (including Clement, Peter, Stephen) is that though they may physically die, they actually win. The martyrs still have control because they fail to adhere to (as Foucault would say) the script of people being charged by the state. They do not apologize and recant. They also go a step above just simply holding in their pain and suffering - the stories illustrate them as being free from pain and suffering. It is all centered on masculine traits, which then empower the Christians further.