>It is true everything went shit around that date.
It's even worse than that. Everything went to shit with the popularization of the iPhone and social media in the late '00s, and with all the collectivizing effects that came with it. Before then there was no easy way to directly propagate trends or enforce "accountability" through visibility. The best you could do until then was protest IRL or do some gay letter writing campaign and hope the media thought the public as a whole had enough interest in what was going on to bother picking it up. Sometimes the people in the media with their bullshit arts educations would chase after their own cause like aids or something, but they couldn't ever go whole hog like they can now.
After posts and hashtags on social media started to be understood as the mood of the people, the job of the media to judge what was newsworthy got democratized. Now the media could delegate all responsibility for their focus onto the consumers of the media. They were all on social media and all had a chance to have their say, after all, even if that's not really how it works and they know it. Effectively now if there was a loud enough group of people whining or yelling about something then as a show of hands they could game the system, and in the game of who can collectively make the most noise the 1st place goes to women and 2nd place goes to activists. Given that reality, it's no wonder that the vector for destruction in almost every scenario for the past 15 years has been feminists or something adjacent enough to them. Everything has flowed from there and the flow will never, ever stop until women and activists stop having phones. So make sure you shake your head extra hard when some dummy who has had their head in the sand for all these years optimistically tries to say "Don't worry, the pendulum is about to swing back".