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What do you do if some club sleazebag demands your digits and you can't be bothered to make up some fake number? Hand out the number of the bell hooks hotline, a phone line that automatically responds with quotations from feminist writer bell hooks.
As the Feminist Phone Intervention Tumblr explains: "When the person calls or texts, an automatically-generated quotation from feminist writer bell hooks will respond for you. Protect your privacy while dropping some feminist knowledge when your unwanted 'suitor' calls or texts."
The number to remember is (669) 221-6251. The hotline creators apparently tried to register (669) UGH-ASIF, WTF-DUDE, and MAJR-SHADE, but the numbers were already taken. When Bitch magazine sent a text to the line, here's what it got back:
It currently only works in the US, but we're sure some enterprising bell hooks fan here will set up a UK equivalent soon. UPDATE: British women now have their own dummy hotline to palm off sleazebags – it's +44 20 3095 4193.
In an interview with The Hairpin, the anonymous creators of the hotline say they are also considering setting up a Gmail account that will automatically respond with "Thank you for your note. However, I am away on vacation – from the patriarchy."
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