In the '30s and '40s you had cartoons with various degrees of violence, some of which had crude violence towards women (Popeye), but you laughed and you were entertained and you rooted for the hero the kick that guy's ass. As a child, that was awesome. That's what made you believe you could do in the future.
Nowadays, you're not allowed to smack women, let alone strangle them, in cartoon form that is, because it's not PG, because children will get the wrong message, because of some reason that nobody thinks of yet they include some vague description just for the hell of it.
I don't think the people that grew up in the '80s and '90s believed everything that happened on the screen should happen in real life.
People are more likely to get a brain problem from those around them, their language and behaviour, than from some fictitious characters, who, truthfully, leave impressions, but they are more good than bad.
The world is too cautious about what is and is not allowed, and its damaging everybody, whether they like it or not.