The cleverly obedient wuss who valiantly guards the pillars of the feminine imperatives.
Theme: Faux-Masculine Archetypes
Length: 2,700 words
Reading Time: 10 minutes
What is a White Knight?
The pattern for chivalrous manhood was set in the epic that introduced us to Sir Lancelot, the original White Knight.
The symbolic term “White Knight” (WK) was originally borrowed from this epic in the field of business. A WK is a friendly investor that acquires a corporation at a fair consideration with support from the corporation’s board of directors and management. This may be during a period while it is facing a hostile acquisition from another potential acquirer (a “Black Knight”) or it is facing bankruptcy. WKs are preferred by the board of directors (when directors are acting in good faith with regards to the interest of the corporation and its shareholders).
However, the Manospherian version of the WK has a darker conceptualization of a man who promotes gender equality but practices special privilege for women. IOW, a WK is a man who stands up for women’s rights to be an absolute equal to men, but then comes to her rescue and/or defends her interests whenever equality becomes a burden.
In a word, WKs are wholly devoted, die hard, indignant pedestalizers of wimmin.
Real world examples of WKs are literally everywhere!
Much has already been written about the WK, so here I’ll collate some noteworthy descriptions and quotes that are already available from the Manosphere.
How did White Knighting originate?
In the 20th century, Christian masculinity was characterized by chivalry. At that time, this functioned as a social grace to women, and it worked because males had authority and respect. Once feminism flipped the balance of power and authority between the sexes, the old practices common to chivalry continued, but in relation to the broader feminization and gynocentrism of the ever progressive culture, those who continued the evolved approach of chivalry inadvertently and unwitting became minions of progressive ressentiment. IOW, modernity has transformed the kindhearted protector of the weak into the simpy defender of the tyrants’ whims and weaknesses. Thus earning the derogatory moniker of being a WK.
Dalrock is largely credited for identifying both the archaic and the modern versions of Chivalry as unchristian, and thereby popularizing the negative connotation of the WK.
White Knights Read Blue Pill Reality Only
In general, Blue Pilled men cannot read socially. IOW, they have no psychological theory of mind nor any spiritual discernment. However, the WK has a slightly more nuanced awareness of women, and can thereby read their expectations, but they lack the Red Pill awareness that would allow them to fulfill their underlying intentions of actually scoring points with women.
- WKs are totally ignorant of women’s hypergamous nature, and will usually choose to remain ignorant when confronted with the ugly Red Pill truth.
- The WK errantly believes that he is promoting decency, the dignity of women, and traditional values. (However, the underlying motivation for being a WK is not so angelic, as I’ll describe later.)
- In general, WKs are clueless about their own need for respect largely because they have crucified their desire to receive a woman’s respect.
- Women regard the clueless WK as a Mr. Right Cuck who is easily manipulated and disposed of by various feminine control tactics of the handbag variety.
White Knights are continually AMOGing
WKs will always try to AMOG (“Alpha Male of the Group”, or rather, BetaMOG) and champion the women in their social group whenever they’re present. WKs are most likely to BMOG if they think it will earn them a good standing with women. They believe that their BMOGing will be sincerely appreciated by women and maybe earn them a girlfriend or get them laid. Unfortunately for them, all their efforts at BMOGing only seal their fate as a ‘creepy’* Beta from women’s point of view.
Meanwhile, WKs hate getting AMOGed / BMOGed by other men! So anyplace where men and women congregate together on a regular basis (e.g. work, social gatherings, etc.), and there are at least two WK, there is sure to be a scuffle between them as to whom is the most splendid social suffragette.
- WKs engage in c0ck blocking behaviors.
- WK confront other men who women perceive to be “kind of a creep”*, with the intention of playing defense / interference for women and preventing women from having to deal with them directly. (More on this later.)
- WK’s don’t mansplain, interrupt women, talk over women, nor try to modulate the discussion when women are involved.
- When WKs see another guy talking over a woman, etc. he interrupts him and says, “Hey, she was saying something.” Rollo notes that when women incite men to do this, it’s a version of “Lets you and him fight.”
WKs will play this game until a true Alpha comes along and reveals their BMOGing for what it is – childish social posing.
Rollo describes this rude awakening as follows.
“[Getting AMOG’d and possibly cucked] is one of the hardest lessons a Blue Pill man has to learn before he understands the importance of being Red Pill aware. Most ‘Nice Guy’ orbiters/friends never really need to be AMOG’d by a sexual rival because they’re ignorant of the nature of Hypergamy. Even the ones who’ve experienced it personally from a woman, or having it flaunted in their face via commercial Open Hypergamy, these men still want their dream girl to somehow be different. Many a White Knight has been knocked from his horse after having the truth of women’s sexual natures viscerally illustrated for him. It’s the guys who go into denial, who fall back on the “Quality Woman” rationale and get back on the white horse who are truly lost.”
“[White Knights have a transactional] mindset of the Beta sexual resource exchange – also known as the Savior Schema.”The Rational Male: The Utility of Beta Men – Part I (2017-5-31)
* Rollo explains what a “creep” is in the same post.
“…what ‘creepy’ distills down to is a woman’s Hypergamous-level revulsion of a man believing he may be someone she would eventually have sex with. Creepy is an insult to Hypergamy.”
White Knights intentionally avoid any appearance of truly Masculine Aggression
In spite of all the prissy AMOGing (or BMOGing) going on, WKs are careful to avoid any behavior that might be seen by women as truly masculine aggression. After all, they must always maintain the nice loyal beta image so as to be seen as suitable boyfriend material. Consequently, their muted male aggression comes out in the form of low key disrespect, snide verbal insults, and passive aggressive paybacks, which ironically are all very feminine ways of dealing with conflict.
Rollo describes the underlying motivations as follows.
“Anything even remotely, positively masculine or Alpha is still a ‘man being a man’ and this can always be reinterpreted as potentially aggressive or violent. In a feminine-primary social order where feminized men and women are taught that men are inherently evil and prone to anger and violence (the “culture” of masculinity) there’s an army of women and White Knight sympathizing men who want nothing more than to stick it to the ‘man’ symbolically. And when they draw a paycheck from doing so they’re all the more eager. Add to this that they feel a sense of moral justification in “making the world a better place” by burning him in an effigy of all men and you get to where we are now.”The Rational Male: Divorce Incorporated (2017-8-1)
White Knights are the Useful
Fools Tools of the Feminine Imperative
In Riff on This (2017-10-27), Rollo reviews a gynocentric article from The Guardian, entitled, Men, you want to treat women better? Here’s a list to start with (2017-10-16). Rollo’s riffs point out how many of the “ways to treat women better” are right out of the WK’s fool book repertoire.
I’ll summarize Rollo’s riffs relevant to the WK as follows.
- WKs can easily accept “feminism”, and see no problem with it. They do not recognize it as a spiritual rebellion of epic proportions.
- WK express their affinities for feminism and women in general. This is seen most often in self-congratulatory social media posts.
- WK’s actively seek to get women involved in whatever they are doing (e.g. work projects, social gatherings, etc.), and give them equal honor and credit for the outcome.
- WK’s push for equal opportunity employment for women, and have been known to quit groups or resign from jobs that are comprised of men only.
- WK eagerly comply with the attempts of women to enlist the aid of sympathetic female-allies (who are the same men they implicitly distrust) to help police social discourse and intersexual interactions.
White Knights side with women on every issue.
WKs faithfully follow the motto, “Women are never wrong!” Thus, WKs allow women to control the narrative, control the definition of the language, and control what the consequences are. IOW, WKs have no frame control.
“Women side with women. White Knights, weak Betas and naive Blue Pill fools side with women. Everyone agrees women are right and men are wrong.
And this is the intended result: women are not to be held responsible for their actions. They are not to be held responsible at any cost – including the destruction of male lives.”The Rational Male: Dangerous Times – Part 2 (2018-1-2)
WKs defend and justify women’s bad decisions and protect them from the consequences thereof.
WKs expect that their efforts to support and defend the interests of women will get women to trust them. However, women can easily sniff this out and will become less likely to trust them for this specific reason. Women hate this but they tolerate it and say nothing about it because of the immediate social conveniences WK bring to them.
White Knights Act as the Feministas Social Police
WK wholeheartedly act as the feminist social police. The WKs primary tool of policing is through creating various distractions meant to refocus the intent of objectively (amorally) assessing what is otherwise an unflattering aspect of female nature, behavior and/or the motivators that prompt it. For this distraction to be effective, there must be a number of presumptions about what is considered to be appropriate behavior when interacting with women. One of the most ostentatious presumptions is a state of equivalency between men and women. According to this principle, others are expected to first presume a co-equal state between men and women, as well as a co-equal state of mutual goals. If someone deviates from these presumptions, the offending person is subtly distracted, interrupted, sidelined, or objectified somehow. For example, the WK might bring attention to a minor weakness or fault in the offender. “Hey, did you know your shoe is untied? I wouldn’t want to see you trip and fall.”
When distraction fails, WK will resort to subtler and more extreme measures of controlling the social environment. For example, it would not be beneath them to spread rumors, file anonymous complaints or reports, and/or incite anger and/or disappointment either within or at the offending party.
Rollo predicted that this behavior would become more extreme as time progresses.
“As we move into 2018 – an era to be defined even more thoroughly by the Future is Female, #MeToo and Enthusiastic Consent – I believe we’ll see a push for the following:
Sexual harassment will indeed be a crime committed by Beta males who fail at a convincing ‘Alpha’ behavior. As such, the push will be to get Beta men to self-police their behavior via fear. There will be a doubling down on the part of Blue Pill White Knights and ‘Feminist Allies’ in the wake of the social and legal options. Women will have to be believed of men’s sexual misconduct allegations by default. Feminized men will “try harder” and rat out their rivals for any hint of misconduct in an Orwellian effort to be more appealing and identifying with women.”The Rational Male: Dangerous Times – Part 2 (2018-1-2)
As you can imagine, this takes the childish BMOG scuffle to a new, cut-throat level.
White Knights Conceal Envy with Virtue Signaling
WK’s have a hidden dark side that they’ll attempt to hide by various “acts of valor” and virtue signaling. These dark aspects include…
- WKs present themselves as “nice guys” more often than not. As Robert Glover revealed, “nice guys” are not at all nice.
- WKs have a desperate need for attention, social interaction, and physical contact with women, and this desperation is born from dealing with women who think they’re “creepy”.*
- WKs attempt to move into women’s comfort zone, both emotionally and physically. They’ll use an informal style of “friendliness” to be physically close to women and touch them casually, even women they don’t know too well. They will constantly look for opportunities to touch women in ways that won’t appear inappropriate or too desperate. But they’ll never ask themselves why they feel the need to touch women in general.
- Many WKs are male-feminists / female-allies, and thus are usually facing sexual hara$$ment lawsuits within months of publicly declaring they are male feminists.
- The only reason men say (or even show in their daily lives) they are feminists is because it’s a deductive form of Beta Game.
To counterbalance this internal conflict about wanting women, and yet continually being relegated to the dreaded “friend zone”, WKs will enviously persecute other men who are able to make advances with women any further than what they are capable of themselves, especially men who they perceive to be “jerks”. This envious desire stands as one of the most critical internal motivations for WK’s BMOGing, female pedestalization, practicing chivalry, and clinging to their self-imposed false sense of righteousness.
The Popular Benefits of being a White Knight
What we see in society is that the WK persona has attained sort of a safe, clean roll in a cage. As long as he maintains a small number of schmoozy social disciplines, then people will leave him alone.
- He faithfully defends the ever shifting Feminine Imperatives of the day.
- He continually clucks on about the illusory yet popularized social ills, purporting himself to be a defender of such. He might even be so deluded that he sincerely believes the narratives.
- Most importantly, he is completely androgenous and asexual. He never once talks about sexuality, sexual conduct, or gender differences, nor does he ever demonstrate any genuine sexual desire.
This apathetic rejection is taken to be a mind-numbing convenience by the WK. He’s not attacked, he’s not ostensibly ostracized, so long as the minion valiantly defends the interests of wimmin and actively supports the larger universe of lies within the progressive microcosm.
Now, within marriage (if he should ever attain such a condition), it is a different story. The WK is regularly criticized and condemned by the Alpha widowhood induced, precipitation hardened battle axe (politely known as his “better half”), and is therefore cursed to live a meager existence of ignominy, all the while sucking his ego nourishment out of intellectual pursuits, porn, and video games, or so it is presumed about his secret troglodyte activities.
But outside of the home, in the wider society, the WK holds a somewhat privileged place of ineptitude. He is regarded as a “nice guy” who is not seen to be a risk or a danger to the liberal progressives within his vicinity, and is therefore dismissed from any further scrutiny. Thus, he may conveniently avoid being the target of their vituperative attacks, and therefore pat himself on the back for being the “good” flimsy pawn that he is. He cleverly reinvents his flimsiness as “being flexible” and “accommodating women’s weaknesses”, although he would never say as much.
This place of relative safety presents one of the strongest motivations for WKs to continue along their self-deceptive path of blabbering errancy cloaked by empty valor.
The popularity of the WK as a faux-masculine archetype presents a very serious shift in the popular narrative about perspectives on masculinity.
Honor: 0-6 (however, honor is based on chivalry and one’s obeisant service to women)
Purpose: 0-10 (however, these purposes are oriented around the feminine imperatives and work against true Headship and male authority.
Average Score: 3
- The Rational Male: Enter White Knight (2011-9-20)
- The Rational Male: Blue Pilled Alphas (2016-11-4)
- David Tien: “The Man Up Show” Ep.193 – Fixer Mindset, White Knight Syndrome & Nice Guys (2017-6-8)
- Σ Frame: Cultural Ethics, Patriarchy, Chivalry, and Christianity (2018-2-24)
- Σ Frame: Fake Knights and Phony Princesses (2018-3-14)
- Σ Frame: The Feminine Typecasts of Men (2018-11-12)
- David Tien: “The Man Up Show” Ep.243 – Our Uncensored Opinion of Red Pill – White Knight Narcissists (with Steve Mayeda) (2019-8-21)