We were in giggles here at SheRa Mag when we heard of the new Tumblr page Feminist Phone Intervention. Launched in June this year, the page provides fake phone numbers that girls can give to unwanted suitors. When the number is dialled, the ‘suitor’ will be redirected to pre-recorded feminist quotes.
The page says: “Next time someone demands your digits and you want to get out of the situation, you can give them this number: (669) 22 -6251. When the person calls, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you.” The page signs off: “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.”
Over the last two months, the concept has become so popular that it has been expanded to cover the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Israel, and Mexico. Here’s hoping it spreads to other countries as well!