Invite a few amused or sympathetic reporters a little lighter fluid and a match take a photo and instant publicity.
While most people found it humorous it did what it intended, got folks talking about it.
At the time a lot of people could get behind the issues.
Equal pay for equal work, protection from lecherous male bosses or coworkers and equal opportunities.
Fifty years later somewhere along the way feminism got hi-jacked by bitter, man hating obnoxious harpies turning the word feminist into the word most people would like to see banned.
Another example of why a large segment of the population would rather not hear from the self appointed protectors of the female gender can be found here.
The latent sexism of the male marriage proposal
When I got engaged earlier this year, well-meaning friends excitedly asked "how he proposed" — and then immediately looked at my left hand.It's getting to the point where there is nothing that these unhappy patriarchal hating attention whores won't whine about.
I've been told I can thank the Archduke Maximilian of Austria, who proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring in 1477, for such instincts. But maybe I should thank the originators: the prehistoric men who demonstrated their control over women by tying braided grass around their wrists and ankles.
You'd think the obvious sexism of the modern proposal would rankle my progressive friends. Yes, plenty of brides have men in their bridal parties, more and more women are ditching the "virginal" white dress, and guys aren't running to ask their fiancees' fathers for "permission" to marry them anymore. But our culture still, overwhelmingly, pushes the traditional male proposal: down on one knee, with a sparkly diamond (and often a flash mob) in tow.~snip~
If they ever find a way to truly merge with global warming then they'll be able to find a unifying theory of misery for everything.