I have read in several places that contempt is the killer of marriages. I had a sense of what contempt was, but was never really satisfied with my understanding. Then I realized what it really was — the total opposite of respect. It should be noted that as the killer of marriages, contempt really only flows one way; from the wife to the husband. It should also be noted that at killing marriages (at least middle class marriages), it appears to be more powerful than hate, jealousy, or anything else.
Why is this? Respect in marriage is a doubly important. The wife must respect the husband, and the husband needs respect from the wife. Jealously, hatred and whatever else do not have this property.
So what has modern society done with respect to respect for husbands? Denigrated them in the eyes women substantially would be part of the answer. The other part is the elevation of women far beyond what they deserve. I will leave it to the commenters to show how this has happened (hint: start with the media).
One wonders how much this campaign has had on divorce rates. Because once again, it leads to contempt, and that to divorce.