When the sides are divided, when they start making accusations, it’s always enlightening to look at what each side considers an insult. On my side, we see the other as agents of oppression, misogynists and racists, people who want to discriminate and maintain an unjust status quo. On their side…
What really made me think, though, was the terms that the sneering manchildren use to define their opponents: “white knight” and “social justice warrior”.
Leaving aside the baggage that has been heaped onto the phrases by shrieking adolescents, for a moment, there’s something amusing underneath, specifically about the irony of using the terms as pejoratives.
A white knight, fictionally speaking, is a protector, and defender of what’s good. The only things that are supposed to hate white knights are the horrible monsters who prey on the innocent.
As for social justice warriors, well; a lifetime of reading superhero comics has taught me an inalienable truth. There is a clear name for someone who opposes a concept centred around justice: the Bad Guy.
Think about the imagery used in that #GamerGate document. These are people who think Nazis look bad-ass and CIA covert ops sound like fun. Do I need to spell it out for you? Those aren’t the Good Guys.