AI: Surly Ninjas and White Knighting
I am swooping in and taking over the Thursday AI! Now with 100% more media, a real-life talking Amy AND potential prizes! Today, we are going to discuss the concept of “White Knighting.”
Text from email I read in the video:
Message: Can we talk about the White Knight thing? I recently got a job where I write about video games on the internet, and naturally, my first post had some gender issues crop up. I am a woman and I wrote about women in video games, so, of course. But, I noticed that men commenting in my defense stated they were afraid of being called out as a White Knight. Then, today while reading the Penny Arcade report, I noticed the same phrase in the comments. I’ve never heard this before! What’s the deal?
SO what is the deal with this white knight thing? When is it beneficial for men to join the discussion on sexism and feminism. We say we want you to speak out, but then we are all, “STFU I was talking. GAH!” How can you tell when speaking out is actually speaking over? Is being an ally in the feminist movement about protecting women, supporting them or is listening the most important thing? Does the threat of being called a white knight scare men away from feminism? Can I have a pony?
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