Make Love Not War: College Students Protest Gun Carry Laws by Carrying Dildos
You know all that nonsense about how the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? Well, students at the University of Texas at Austin, recognizing the ridiculousness of that kind of thinking, are using a completely novel way to protest handguns: with dildos.
The Campus (DILDO) Carry protest group formed in response to the passage of a Texas law that makes it legal to carry guns on campuses starting August 2016. Jessica Jin, a UT Austin graduate who spearheaded the campaign, said the idea came to her unexpectedly while sitting in traffic, listening to radio coverage of two campus shootings.
“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,'” Jin told Inside Higher Ed. “I couldn’t believe that people could still sit there and defend their own personal gun ownership while watching families mourn the loss of their children."
It was an aha! moment. Jin did a bit of digging, only to find that while it will soon be perfectly permissible to walk around carrying a gun on campus, UT policy expressly forbids carrying a dildo. She launched a Facebook page for Campus (DILDO) Carry and posted a simple explanatory note, including this statement:
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.
Some 10,000 people — presumably UT Austin students — have agreed to take part in the protest, which kicks off just as the new law kicks in, at the start of the 2016-2017 school year. The Facebook page, which includes the useful hashtag #CocksNotGlocks, warns students that they will be participating at their own risk. It also goes on to ask, “[C]an you imagine the gongshow that would be UTPD/APD trying to chase down thousands of students wielding harmless dildos around campus?”
Organizers note that “quality dildos, especially super large ones, can be a little pricey.” So if you’re interested in helping with a “dildo supplier sponsorship,” you might want to get in touch!