I don't use the phrase "spitting mad" nearly enough.
It's not like I don't have occasion to. Take this Livejournal entry. A fairly typical demonstration of female objectification, notable primarily for the excellence of the visual aids, and the obtuseness of the commentary. Spit-inducing enough in its own right.
But scroll ye down to the comments section. Therein, you will find similarly familiar responses--and the inevitable admonition that we're all taking this too seriously, because it's "just fiction."
Excuse me? When did you join the human race?
I run into this every single day. Not just in a context of feminism--everywhere.
"It's just fiction."
"It's not important."
"It's not real."
"It's just art."
"Spend your time doing something important."
Well, sorry, but fiction is important. Stories are important.
Art is important.