broadcast networks depict sex in the context of marriage as either non-existent or burdensome while showing positive depictions of extra-marital or adulterous sexual relationships with alarming frequency.
First of all, after decades of depicting marriage as a positive thing (in stupid shows like "The Brady Bunch" and "Leave it to Beaver" [which is actually a pretty dirty title for a tv show]), it's about time we get to see the ugly side of it depicted on television. Second, as people have waited longer to marry, divorce rates have gone down. People are staying single longer, and having relationships with more people before they settle down. And television is depicting this. So how is this bad?
Anyway, one of their advisory board members, Michael Medved, said,
“For many years, parents have worried about television’s glamorization of destructive sexual behavior. This important new report suggests another cause for concern: the de-glamorization of marriage. Statistics show that the overwhelming majority of Americans feel satisfied and fulfilled by their marriages. The notion that sex outside of marriage is inherently more exciting, more important, more worthy as the subject of story-telling, is a toxic message for parents and children alike.”
This is the same man who recently wrote,
If marriage rested on feeling rather than obligation, it naturally proved more evanescent and disposable. Before the sexual revolution, many families might quietly hum the Righteous lyrics “We’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” but relatively few of them actually broke up their relationships. Commitment, tradition, honor and duty all helped to keep most couples together, even through difficult times.
"Difficult times" such as, I suppose, your husband beating you, or your wife sleeping with the mailman or your husband sleeping with the mailman and your wife beating you.
That seems to me an idea of marriage that should be de-glamorized, shouldn't it?
But even if it doesn't come to extramarital affairs or physical abuse, why should a person feel obligated to stay with someone when they've "lost that lovin' feeling"? Being in love is the best, so it's beyond me why you'd stay with someone when you weren't in love anymore. Why insist on being miserable? You're not proving anything or than that you're a masochist.