We discuss White Knights a lot in the Men’s Movement. However, very little digital ink is expended on their origins and motivations. Obviously, ‘sucking up’ to women gives low betas, gammas and obese, moronic misfits their only hope of free sex. However, I suspect there are deeper motivations behind their absurd idolization of the thug-lovers and misandrist feminists that pass for women in the contemporary Anglosphere.
In my experience, most White Knights tend to come from ‘enmeshed’ family backgrounds. Enmeshed families are dysfunctional, lower-middle class kinship groups whose members live in splendid (or not so splendid) isolation from the rest of society. They often have ‘time-warp’ values several decades behind the mainstream. Their children usually wear outmoded fashions and have an inflated sense of their own abilities. School or college is not a good time for them – such ‘real world’ institutions shatter the enmeshed child’s pipe-dreams of his/her ‘specialness’. During this stressful period, the enmeshed family and its delusions are the child’s sole haven. Indeed, the youngster’s attachment to the family matriarch grows ever stronger during these difficult years. This is where manginas and white knights come from – cold, frigid socons spouting their parents’ outmoded platitudes about ‘goddesses’ or, alternatively, socialist woman-worshippers in ostrich-like denial of women's true nature.
Here is an academic description:
The term enmeshment has been widely used in the family therapy literature since it was popularized by the work of Salvador Minuchin (1978)...
"Enmeshment refers to an extreme form of proximity and intensity in family interactions...In a highly enmeshed, overinvolved family, changes within one family member or in the relationship between two family members reverberate throughout the system...
On an individual level, interpersonal differentiation in an enmeshed system is poor...in enmeshed families the individual gets lost in the system. The boundaries that define individual autonomy are so weak that functioning in individually differentiated ways is radically handicapped (Minuchin, et al, 1978, p.30)."
Minuchin described the lack of clear ego boundaries between family members which produced a form of fusion, a condition that interfered with a clear sense of self. Much like parental alienation, the phenomenon of enmeshment may be found in varying degrees of intensity, with corresponding degrees of negative impact on child development.
Tommy Fleming is a perfect example of the enmeshed socon while David Futrelle exemplifies the enmeshed socialist. Fleming has the bony, fanatic face of a defeated Confederate Colonel and his website often alludes to the school-bullying and general ridicule he experienced during adolescence. His reflexive adulation of the past represents a fixation with the twisted dynamics of his biological family, nothing more. And his blind woman-worship is best explained by the semi-incestuous mother-love he experienced during turbulent adolescence.
Turning to Futrelle, he clearly had similar issues growing up. His enmeshed family were probably hippies - or at least touched by that counterculture. Man-boob David doubtless gambolled around a middle-middle class home full of Raggedy-Ann dolls and hokey books by the execrable Timothy Leary. In this candy-floss idyll, he could do no wrong: mother-love, food and approbation were ever at hand.
Cue school. Cue gym classes. Cue ridicule by sadistic jocks. Cue indifference by painted nubiles. Cue recoil into enmeshed family. Cue mummy-worship. Cue self-delusion. Cue the obese, self-indulgent mangina we know today, squatting like some grotesque Buddha in a faded suburb amongst cat-droppings and lesbian love-letters, prattling on about how ‘human’ Anglo-American women are.
The mangina’s retreat from the ‘real world’ into the arms of his enmeshed family is crucial to his fanatic rejection of consensus reality. He deliberately forsakes the social mainstream for a mother-centred dream-world several decades behind contemporary values. Note how Fleming embodies the 1950s, Futrelle the 1970s – the Twenty-First century rarely figures in their pompous formulations. And the same is true of other White Knights, left-liberals and socons in general.
Why does the English-speaking world produce more White Knights than any other cultural bloc? Partly because the Anglosphere’s individualist, post-puritanical ethos creates far more enmeshed, lower-middle class families. In other cultures, greater ethno-cultural cohesion plus overtly masculine values do much to dissolve insular families and disrupt male attachment to them. Military service and legalized prostitution force men out into the wider world, whether they want to go or not. In Thailand, where most adolescent males use prostitutes as a matter of course, the enticements of ‘the world’ are too heady to permit the sickly ‘mother-attachment’ that dominates the Anglosphere. By contrast, countries like England are full of latent-homosexual manginas worshipping denatured, frigid women in the face of all rational evidence.
The enmeshed reactionary invariably becomes a White Knight because of the gynocratic nature of pre-Internet Anglo-Saxon culture. Women were effusively pedestalized all through the 50s, 60s and 70s in films, pop music and television shows. This agenda began to wane a little in the 80s and 90s but only met serious opposition with the rise of the Internet. Prior to that, the Pedestal Syndrome prevailed across the Anglosphere, embracing both the left-liberal counterculture and its socon adversaries. Thus, hailing from an enmeshed family invariably embeds the victim’s mind in the ‘pedestal era’. Both Fleming and Futrelle are perfect examples of this process, in their respective ways. Trapped in their vanished worlds, the poisonous reality of contemporary gender-relations passes over them like the wind.