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16th Jun 2014

Would You Fake It? There’s A New Number You Can Hand Out At The Bar To Those Unwanted Admirers

No need for the awkward text anymore.


Tired of the creeps hitting on you at the bar? There’s a new feminist movement that could leave you having the last laugh into your mojito.

The feminist phone intervention project is a rented hotline available in the US, UK, Canada and Mexico that responds to text messages with “automatically-generated quotations from feminist writer bell hooks”.

The idea behind the phone line? Pass out ‘your’ number to pests at the bar, allowing you to enjoy your night and “protect [their] privacy while dropping some feminist knowledge when [their] unwanted “suitor” calls or texts.”

The site’s anonymous creator told The Independent that they had been inspired to create the service after the media’s reaction to the 2014 Isla Vista killings:

“The idea came to me after the NYPost printed bikini photos of the woman who “spurned” Elliot Rodger. Despite the fact that she was only 10 years old at the time they met, she was portrayed as having romantically rejected Rodger.

Creators of the website say that since setting up the phone line they’ve received “thousands of calls in the first day, with no signs of slowing down” and are asking for donations to keep the service running in the US, UK and abroad.