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By Everett Volksmarchscheißeflut@facebook on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@Miss Ursula: Thank you. I find it incomprehensible that these folks believe that giving out a fake phone number is somehow a sign of immaturity or somehow a less viable response than "No, you can't have my phone number." No one (man or woman) is under any obligation to be completely forthright with a stranger, particularly in circumstances where that stranger is accosting them, making them feel uncomfortable, giving off bad vibes, or otherwise giving them the impression that handing out their phone number or outright rejection is a bad idea.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:42 am 9

By 72916783@twitter on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@beetnemesis If guys were mature enough to handle a refusal this service wouldn't be necessary.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:34 am 11

By Anita Jones@facebook on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@TN I know! It's like, thank you for showing me that my instincts about you being a creep were correct.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:17 am 5

By hieropants on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@KevinP Women aren't always explicit in their rejections because men have made it unsafe to do so. Does that fill in some missing pieces for you?

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 10:08 am 6

By Ashley Proulx@facebook on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@KevinP maybe you're a nice guy so you don't get this. but some men are pushy, aggressive and scary when rejected. some will just insult you, call you stuck up or not that pretty anyways. some will see rejection as an invitation to grope or follow women. for every nice guy who takes rejection like a considerate human being, there is a guy with a temper and threats. this number is for those guys.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:57 am 16

By Miss Ursula on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

Are we for realzies hating on women for not handling unwanted male attention "maturely?" What in the fresh hell is all this?

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:44 am 14

By Caryn Josepher on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

How about teach boys to read social cues that a woman is not interested...you know, like when we say, "No, thank you."

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:21 am 7

By uemmak on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

@Erica Geissman@facebook I don't usually give out a fake number, but I have done so twice. The first time I did it because the guy hassled me and followed me home at night from the subway station when I told him no. I don't think that people are being immature- I think that people are feeling unsafe.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 9:14 am 7

By Max White@facebook on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

Because sometimes things get so dicey for women and girls that it's safer to just give a fake number than have a confrontation with some guy with hurt feeling or who just won't quit with the come on.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm 10

By Better to Eat You With on The bell hooks Hotline: For When You'd Rather Not Give Out Your Number

Twice in the last month I've had mystery texts from people who were clearly given my number in a situation like this. How I wish those ladies had had this option.

And as far as "being adults about this," when I've refused to give out my number in the past, I've been called all kinds of nasty names, even yelled at. I'm under no obligation to be nice or honest to such types.

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm 8