More men than women supported the feminist movement. More than likely because they realized that they would be relieved of their responsibilities, particularly within the family. Most men only want women to be equal so that they don't have to do all the work supporting their families and fighting the wars. The feminist movement allowed them to push these burdens equally onto women.
Feminists call it the "women's" movement, to give it more appeal, even though the majority of women were against it. Feminism piggybacked onto the black civil rights movement so the words "racist" and "sexist" are now used interchangeably as if there is no difference.
Feminism has claimed credit for the things that were already granted as rights to women (such as birth control, equal pay, the right to own property and even the right to vote!) before the heat of the women's lib in the 1970s. Since the Equal Rights Amendment failed, feminists/liberals turned to the 14th amendment to say that women should be equally responsible for traditional male burdens such as the draft and paying alimony and all family law should be gender neutral with women forced to bear the burdens of men. With no fault divorces and abolition of the Tender Years doctrine many women are now forced to bear the burdens of men and men have a powerful weapon to use against our daughters.
The law should respect differences between the sexes, particularly within the family. Phyllis Schlafly has a book called "feminist fantasies" that recounts the battle she fought against radical equality. Among other things, she writes: "In Illinois, as a result of agitation by "equal rights" fanatics, the real estate dower laws were repealed as of January 1, 1972. This means that in Illinois a husband can now sell the family home, spend the money on his girlfriend or gamble it away, and his faithful wife of thirty years cannot stop him. "Equal rights" fanatics have also deprived women in Illinois an in some other states of most of their basic common-law rights to recover damages for breach of promise to marry, seduction, criminal conversation, and alienation of affections."
"Ginsburg was vehement in her desire to abolish any legal preference or protection that women might have"
"Before the feminist movement burst on the scene in the 1970s, there were literally hundreds of laws that gave advantages or protections to women based on society's commonsense recognition of the facts of life and human nature. These included the prohibition against statutory rape, the Mann act, the obligation of the husband to support his wife and provide her with a home, special protections for widows...and laws that made it a misdemeanor to use obscene or profane language in the presence of a woman"
"The feminist quest for female fungibility with males has led the women's movement to support the invalidation of laws benefitting and protecting women. This was the thrust, for example, of litigation directed by Ruth Bader Ginsburg when she was director of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union and , often using male plaintiffs, secured invalidation of laws that favored women. The theory was that obliteration of all legal sex distinctions would ultimately be in the best interests of working women; those women, including homemakers, who wished to retain the benefits of protective legislation were never the women with whose rights the Project was concerned. In the area of divorce reform, one of the benefits women have lost is the maternal preference which favored awarding custody to the mother. Almost all states now grant men and women a statutory equal right in custody. While mothers still gain custody in the vast majority of cases, loss of the maternal preference has seriously affected the bargaining process. "
"No longer concentrating on the oppressiveness of home and family for women, feminist argue instead that, unfortunately, married mothers must remain in the work force to protect themselves from the very likely possibility of becoming single-parents impoverished by divorce. This is a likelihood, they choose not to remember, their movement was highly instrumental in creating."
"Enactment of no-fault divorce laws unambiguously warned women to adopt the feminist perspective and replace homemaking with full-time career. The 'present legal system,' concluded Lenore Weitzman, "makes it clear that instead of expecting to be supported, a woman is now expected to become self-sufficient.'"
"Thus, as always, feminist ideology converged with the interests of men who would avoid the responsibility for women that traditional marriage entails."