Due to a new law that is set to take effect next August that will allow people (including students) to carry hidden handguns while on university campuses, more than 3,500 students at the University of Texas have signed up to carry around dildos on their backpacks in protest. How does having a giant purple sex toy oppose this new law? Via the protest’s Facebook page:
Starting on the first day of Long Session classes on August 24, 2016, we are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks in protest of campus carry.
ANYBODY can participate in solidarity: alum, non-UT students, people outside of Texas. Come one dildo, come all dildos.
“You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO.”
Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.
However, there IS a law in Texas which states that anyone displaying or distributing “obscene” materials (such as a dildo) in public can be issued a $500 fine. A law that is, according to protest organizer Jessica Lin, hypocritical:
“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence.
“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.”
Using the #cocksnotglocks hasthag to promote the event on social media, people have been venting their views on both the event’s Facebook page as well as Twitter, some being in support while others are obviously vehemently opposed:
I’ve never seen a stupider group of people, begging to be sitting ducks on a campus, than liberals. Absurd. Insane. #cocksnotglocks
— Brittany Pounders (@LibertyBritt) October 11, 2015
— maura quint (@behindyourback) October 11, 2015
The protest is set for August 24th 2016. Whether or not Texas’ obscenity law this will make a difference when it comes to students deciding whether or not to take part in the protest is yet to be seen.