whether women should drive or not. you seemed to be saying no, and then turned around and clarified. If you were refering to something else, as we agree, you were not clear, and I apologize.
I think the quote is refering to free time avalible (more now) as opposed to "Kol Kavod" being due to "the times" vs. derech bas yisroel. "Kol Kavod" is a Hanhaga that does not change with the times. What is considered "respectful" (and a husband MUST be respectful to his wife) does change with the person (as per expectations).
Reminds me of what someone else posted a while back (don't remember who):
"The man is the head of the house, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants."