'the perfect equality of their marriage has sapped the sexual energy from it'
In "Dentists," the husband (played by Campbell Scott...) seems hemmed-in, his manliness encumbered by all the domestic trappings. Nor does it enhance what's left of his aura of masculinity that he and his wife... are equal partners in their dental firm,
and that when they get home, he does half (or more) of the housework. The audience, therefore, is less surprised than he is when he glimpses his wife in the arms of another man, perhaps the director of the amateur opera in which she's appearing as a slave girl...
As so often happens in feminist-influenced movies, the words don't match the pictures. Scott, who also produced, claimed that the wife falls for another man because her husband is "uncommunicative," but his character hardly has any time to communicate. While she's running around, he cooks all the meals and cleans up all the messes, which only appears to make her more contemptuous of him.
Instead, Rudolph's images subvert the script's conventional explanations with a disturbing idea: the perfect equality of their marriage has sapped the sexual energy from it. Because he has no power over her, she doesn't find him exciting...
Steve Sailer writes for the UPI. I've enjoyed his stories on, for example, cousin marriage in Iraq and 'why we like macho leaders.'
I'm not a Christian - or even religious. Nor do I agree with social conservatives on all issues. But the depiction of marriage/cohabitation that Hollywood persists in presenting in most of its movies and sitcoms gives me an understanding of what conservatives mean when they talk about the 'liberal media.'
I think most Americans know down deep by now that 'equal' marriage does not work and that women want the man to lead. At some point, we will all start admitting it in public.