« on: February 11, 2018, 09:30:35 AM »
That opinion is just being reactionary to the changing shape of media of pop culture where a wider diversity of demographics, including women, are experiencing greater representation. While there are some arguments as to why this trend is not wholly positive (such as the disarming of liberation struggles as these groups are subsumed into the neoliberal cultural apparatus), promoting negative views on men is not one of them outside of a few isolated corners of the internet. What is happening in terms of gender specifically is that women and girls are now being more explicitly marketed and catered to and integrated into the culture, and many react to this with "they are attacking men! They want to feminize us!" because they are so used to traditionally masculine norms enjoying cultural and ideological hegemony.
For example your criticisms of the Rey character as a shallow Mary Sue (and the much better realized characterization of Leia in the original films) are generally correct and on point, but there is a vast galaxy of male protagonists in adventure films with similar qualities that likely largely escape such criticisms. Male characters being depicted in this way has become normalized so you don't even blink about it, but when a female character has similarly shallow characterization it's not only a critical flaw of the film, but indicative of a sinister social force.