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Fake Number Sends Feminist Quotes to Unwanted Suitors

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An anonymous person has recently offered a solution for girls who feel uncomfortable not giving someone their phone number. Calling or texting (669) 221-6251—as well as other numbers for several different areas of the world—yields a response from bell hooks, feminist writer and advocate.

Many women today feel uncomfortable rejecting men. Increasing media attention to sexual assault at colleges and universities, as well as blogs like whenwomenrefuse.tumblr.com, are just beginning to portray the discomfort many women feel when saying “no.” But now, there is a way to give a guy a number—even if it’s not your number—and pass along some feminist wisdom at the same time.

In an ideal world, all women would be able to say “no” without any risk. But, given the social climate today, this number and service offer a way to provide any woman in an uncomfortable situation with a safe way out. The anonymous creator of the number says it best on her website: "[B]ecause we’re raised to know it’s safer to give a fake phone number than to directly reject an aggressive guy."

Upon calling this number, one will reach bell hooks and receive in response a quote that promotes women, feminism, equality, and respect. One prime example: “Sometimes, people try to destroy you, precisely because they recognize your power. Not because they do not see it, but because they see it and they do not want it to exist.” This number provides an avenue not only to keep yourself safe but also to pass along the inspiring words of an incredible activist. Plus, it packs way more of a feminist punch than the Rejection Hotline.


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