Give This Number to the Dude Who Won't Leave You Alone


(669) 221-6251. Memorize that. Then next time you’re at a bar and a strange man insists on getting your phone number; give him this one. He’ll call it or text it and hear/see bell hooks quotes in return.

The public service comes from Feminist Phone Intervention, for this noble purpose: “protect your privacy while dropping some feminist knowledge when your unwanted ‘suitor’ calls or texts.” Because in this day and age rejecting a man’s advances can be physically dangerous:

because we’re raised to know it’s safer to give a fake phone number than to directly reject an aggressive guy.
because we’re raised to know that evasion or rejection can be met with violence.
because women are still threatened and punished for rejecting advances.
because (669) UGH-ASIF, WTF-DUDE, and MAJR-SHADE were taken.

Since the service started, thousands of people have started using this number. Feminist Phone Intervention has more information on donating to help keep them in service, with extra proceeds going to a latina reproductive health non-profit.

Image via Bitch Magazine.

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