Feminist Phone Intervention
on 21 June 2014
An anonymous New Yorker has created a service for women in sketchy pick-up situations. The service—dubbed Feminist Phone Intervention—is a fake phone number to give out if feeling threatened, pressured or uncomfortable when asked for your digits. Give the number and when your pursuer calls or messages, they will receive a text with an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer and social activist, bell hooks. It's a service that women—sadly—often need, since honestly telling somebody you're not interested can lead to aggression, threatening behavior and even violence.