One of the many things both third wave social justice jihadists and the boyosphere have in common (the main one being, of course, that they are merely opposite sides of the same demographic supremacist coin) is that they both go full ape/bat-excrement, pulling-their-hair-out insane over art and fictional characters they do not like. The social justice jihadists go bonkers over the portrayal of ladies of the night in the video game Hitman Absolution. The boyosphere go gaga over Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So, seeing as how Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee and Babbling Brooke have been kind and willing to dialogue with SJW hangers-on, and seeing as I am still on a buzz from the following thoroughly beautifully joyous and magnanimously even-handed review of a Christian-themed video game by Jordan Owen (which is why you should really, really, really donate to Mr. Owen's Patreon),
I am going to offer both the third wave social justice jihadists and the boyosphere a wee bit of an olive branch in the form of a wee bit of advice for coping with the unspeakable horror and the down-to-the-bones excruciating ordeal that is the experience of coming across a piece of art or a fictional character that you do not like.
I am a fan of the TV show Modern Family. It has a nice story, enjoyable enough writing, and the ever-so-lovely Julie Bowen, the latter being the show's main attraction for me. The social justice jihadists would praise the show for Julie Bowen's character's daughter "Alex," a super-smart, super-leftist girl who quasi-eternally spouts social justice jihadist rhetoric. The same social justice jihadists would then foam at the mouth that "Alex" is not the central character, that "Alex" is, at times overshadowed by her distinctly non-MIT grad/non-NASA JPL alum sister "Haley," who, by all accounts, has more miles on her than the Delta II rocket that put the Rover on Mars. They would also froth at the mount over the fact that Sofia Vergara is often scantily clad.
The social justice jihadists' loathing of Sofia Vergara's character is another thing they share with the boyosphere. Her character, "Gloria," you see, is Hispanic, and the boyosphere want to put up a wall to keep Hispanics out of America. This shows that the boyosphere are not one for science. Hispanics, you see, invented the Atacama Large Millimeter Array and pointed it at space, gathering invaluable data on the nature of the universe. The boyosphere may prefer to remain dumb and in the dark, but there are some people in America who think that science is important. If the boyosphere have their way and keep the folks behind the Atacama Array out of America, they will contribute even more to the dumbing down of America than they already have.
But the boyosphere's loathing of "Gloria" would be tertiary to their vehement, pathological venom towards Julie Bowen's character "Clare's" husband "Phil Dunphy" and towards "Clare's" brother "Mitchell" and his partner "Cam," a gay couple who have adopted a Vietnamese girl. (For those not familiar with the show, "Clare" and "Mitchell" are the children of Ed O'Neill's character "Jay," who is married to "Gloria," his second wife.)
"Phil" embodies everything the boyosphere says is responsible for the "decline" of America. He is a weakling and a sycophant who is often swiftly countermanded by "Clare" and usually outwitted by his children, while not being the "man" that "Jay" is.
I do not like "Phil" either. I also cannot stand "Gloria," for immensely personal reasons. "Gloria"/Sofia Vergara is considered hot by many men. She reminds me to a T of one of the absolutely worst bosses I ever had. High volume, emotionally extremely unstable, violently gesticulating at the drop of a dime, often violent, rarely comprehensible. The only difference between "Gloria" and the real-life bitch boss she reminds me of is that the real-life bitch boss was white.
"Phil," by contrast, does not bring out bad personal memories on my part. He is simply contemptible and pitiful. In that regard, he resembles a lot of other fictional characters, like "Raymond" in Everybody Loves Raymond, Kevin James' character in King of Queens, the brothers in Parenthood, as well as practically every character played by Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes, Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell (with the possible exception of Carrell's character in The Big Short, who is evil but not contemptible.)
Guess what? There have been and are men who are exactly like that in real life, Robert Lundy, Henry Puyi, Emil Hàcha, Harold Macmillan, Lord O'Neill, Harold Wilson, John Lindsay, Abe Beame, and Jimmy Carter--not to mention the maximum leader of the boyosphere in his pathetic, highly manic 6, February 2016 ass-covering "press conference"-- come most readily to mind. "Phil" and the rest of these contemptible characters, in other words, do represent a phenomenon that exists in reality. I do not like "Phil" any more than I like any more of these fictional or real-life weaklings and incompetents. I much prefer fictional characters like Ace Drummond and the kind of characters played by Lee Marvin, Randolph Scott, Jimmy Stewart (who although, like Stewart, tended to be soft-spoken, still had a serious edge about them, especially in Stewart's '50's Westerns) and William Smith of The Losers, Invasion Of the Bee Girls, and Fast Company (this latter being the lovely Claudia Jennings' last film.) That being said, there is a market for "Phil Dunphy" and other characters like him, which is why Seth Rogen and Steve Carrell continue to make films. If there are people who like "Phil Dunphy," I am not going to begrudge them their enjoyment. As well, as far as I am concerned, "Phil Dunphy" is a weakling, but he is nowhere near the danger to Western civilisation that Canoe-nu Reeves' character in The Matrix is. Unlike Canoe-nu's character, "Phil Dunphy," to the best of my knowledge, has never traipsed about the deck with two LOADED and COCKED revolvers shoved into his waistband, MUZZLES POINTED DIRECTLY AT THE FAMILY JEWELS.
Now, the social justice jihadist Internet Page Three types will ignore what I said about "Phil" (who is their ideal representation of what a man should be) and get their knickers in a twist over my reaction to "Gloria." They will sputter something like "He...cannot...stand...the...idea...of a strong...woman..." Again, no. If I had a problem with strong women, I would not be such a longtime fan of Claudia Jennings, who played extremely strong women in Unholy Rollers, Gator Bait and The Great Texas Dynamite Chase. As well, "Gloria" is NOT "strong." Anyone who flies off the handle as a reaction of first resort to each and every adversity is ANYTHING BUT "strong." Infants and toddlers fly off the handle when they do not get what they want. Adults have learned to control their emotions and tend to take a lot of adversity with a modicum of sang-froid.
And "Gloria" is not the strong woman of Modern Family. That would be Julie Bowen's character "Clare Dunphy." "Gloria," you see, married a well-off man, lives in a nice designer house with her own son and the second son she had with her well-off husband, "Clare's" father "Jay." "Clare," on the other hand, has, just like Patty Heaton's character "Deb" in Everybody Loves Raymond, to pick up the slack and wear the pants in the house because she married a man who is manifestly no Ralph Kramden and manifestly no Al Bundy. She has an oldest daughter who is at least a few nuts short of a Payday Bar while maintaining an open legs policy, a smart, snarky and smart-alecky second daughter who uses her powers for evil by tormenting everyone else in the house and a son who thinks Formula One is just a competitor for the Gerber company. On top of that, she has to deal with the fact that her father,"Jay," left her mother for "Gloria," who is...even younger than she is.
"Clare Dunphy" is a strong woman, as strong as any of the characters played by Claudia Jennings in the films I mentioned above. This is evident in the way that, although they are both now in their forties, she still pushes her younger brother "Mitchell" around from time to time. The fact that "Clare Dunphy" is a strong woman is part of the reason I am attracted to her. "Clare Dunphy" is Julie Bowen at her most evolved and most attractive. As sweet and as cute as her character "Virginia Venit" was in Happy Gilmore, "Virginia Venit" lacks the fiery power of "Clare Dunphy."
An aside here, although it may not be that much of an aside. I like Patty Heaton, although more so in Everybody Loves Raymond and A Town Without Christmas than in The Middle which is just plain weird. I am well aware that Ms. Heaton holds very sectarian views, views that I do not share. If I was to dislike each and every actor, actress, musician or other genre of entertainer who did not share my views on other issues, I would not be as much of a fan of the arts as I am. There are, to be sure, major offenders like Hanoi Jane Fonda. However, most of the actors, actresses, musicians and other entertainers who I like despite our divergence of views are unimportant hangers-on as far as their side of the issue is concerned. I like entertainers because of their talents at entertaining. Getting my politics from entertainers, as far as I am concerned, is akin to getting advice on elocution from Jenson Button of McLaren. I love how Jenson drives on the circuit so I ignore the fact that, when he speaks verbally (as opposed to in a McLaren), he has an irritating Council Estate accent, whereas Bernie Ecclestone, also not born well, has learned to speak without an accent in the manner of Richard Burton, Jonathan Frid, and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
I enjoy Modern Family despite the fact that I do not like the "Phil Dunphy" and "Gloria Delgado-Pritchett" characters. How do I accomplish this--to the third wave social justice jihadists and boyosphere, at any rate--"Herculean," "astounding," feat of derring-do? Simple. I realise that "Phil Dunphy" and "Gloria Delgado-Pritchett" are merely two characters out of twelve, or 16.67% of the show. Am I going to bin the remaining 83.33% of Modern Family because of the 16.67% I do not like? No. So, how do I get through a whole near-half hour of the show knowing that there is a chance I will be ruthlessly exposed to "Phil Dunphy" and "Gloria Delgado-Pritchett?" Easy. I do the exact same thing I do with the news. When I read The Financial Times, I go directly to the "Companies and Markets" section and ignore the rabidly pro-war, rabidly Russia-bashing section that is FT's "news." When I read The Economist, I head directly for the "Business" and "Finance and Economics" sections and ignore the print re-hash of Anderson Cooper that is their US news section and the rabidly pro-war, rabidly Russia-bashing sections, lifted directly from the National Endowment for Democracy and Fox News, that is their news sections in general. When I read The American Conservative, I go directly to the sections on foreign and trade policy and internal American affairs and ignore the extremely sectarian religious sections.
When I watch Modern Family, I scratch myself and turn to have a sip whenever "Phil Dunphy" and "Gloria Delgado-Pritchett" have monologues, then I ignore "Phil" and "Gloria" when they are in scenes with "Clare" and the other ten characters I do like. And that, ladies and greaseballs, is how you survive the unspeakable trauma of being exposed to elements of art you do not like.