I suppose the term "garden variety" depends on whether you are giving or receiving that "garden variety" slap. As someone who received quite a few of those so called "garden variety" slaps from my ex-husband, I will say that being on the receiving end of one seemed like quite a big deal to me. It was one of the factors that caused me to file for divorce. Many women don't go that far because they feel they have no means of escape. I would suggest that someone give Ole Joe a few of those "garden variety" slaps to see if they knock some sense into him, but I suspect it is hopeless.