The campus carry law will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2016 allowing license holders to carry a concealed handgun on university campuses. In revolt, “on August 24, 2016, [students] are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to [their] backpacks in protest of campus carry.”
While the state has no problem with a student’s right to carry a gun, the government does not hold the same perspective on freedom when it comes to sexual expression.
Citing the University of Texas rules on obscenity, UT alumna Jessica Jin writes on the Facebook event description that “You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis.”
Jin was motivated to take charge against the law after the recent shootings at Northern Arizona University, Texas Southern University and at an elementary school in Upland, California.
“I felt a lot of frustration at those who were still trying to explain away or make excuses for this repeated pattern of violence and said to myself, ‘Man, these people are such dildos,’” she told RT.
The movement sparked the hashtag #C---sNotGlocks on social media with many rallying in support of the idea that sexual freedom is obviously a lot safer than carrying a deadly weapon on campus.
Their motto: "Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.” #CocksNotGlocks— Kevin Jon Heller (@kevinjonheller) October 11, 2015
Students are not the only ones protesting against campus carry. UT Professor Emeritus Daniel Hamermesh vowed to retire before the law goes into effect.
“With a huge group of students, my perception is that the risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me has been substantially enhanced by the concealed-carry law,” he wrote in his retirement letter.
But the support has been met with online threats against Jin, causing her to contact the Austin Police Department.
“People want me dead for a dildo,” Jin told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s the type of reaction that we could only hope to see from them when they hear of a child being gunned down in a classroom.”
Jin told Patch that she chose the sex toy to make a point about how American society differentiates between sex and violence. Our protestant roots pull us toward shaming our bodies and regulating sexuality, but while something as natural a sex is considered salacious — Americans have become numb to gun violence.
The protest poignantly captures how off American values are when violence is glorified, but sex is denigrated.
Banner photo credit: Lucio Eastman