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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
UT STUDENTS TO ARM THEMSELVES WITH DILDOS
Students to bring dildos to class to protest campus carry
More than 2,000 people plan to participate in a protest against campus carry by bringing dildos to the first day of fall semester classes next year, on Aug. 24.
UT alumna Jessica Jin organized the Facebook event “Campus (Dildo) Carry” on Friday. She said on the event page that students should protest campus carry by “strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks.”
Jin said she was inspired to create the Facebook event after listening to a radio discussion about the school shootings Oct. 9 at Texas Southern University, Northern Arizona University and an elementary in Upland, California. She said she felt a lot of frustration toward the people who continued to defend gun ownership while families mourned the loss of their children.
“I did little research on the rules surrounding dildos in classrooms,” Jin said. “When I discovered that it is indeed against UT policy to wave dildos around campus, I just couldn’t help myself.”
Jin said that although Texas has elected to allow concealed weapons on campus, there is a state penal code and a University rule which ban displaying or distributing obscene materials. The crime is a misdemeanor that can be punishable by up to a $500 fine.
Campus carry was signed into law on June 1 and allows license holders to carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses. The law goes into effect Aug. 1, 2016.
The law, however, allows public universities to designate certain areas of campus gun-free zones, but not the entire campus. In August, UT President Gregory Fenves formed a working group to recommend implementation policies for the campus carry law by early December.
Using the hashtag #CocksNotGlocks, Jin said the state’s campus carry law and Texas penal code means people would receive a citation for taking a dildo to class before getting in trouble for bringing a gun.
Jin said support for the event has caught on quickly because it resonates with people, but the satirical use of dildos has also sparked more serious conversations on topics such as the perception of safety, the intersection of guns and sexuality and campus sexual assault.
Jin told The Daily Texan that she sees other parallels between firearms and sex toys, as well, asserting that “some shootings in this past year can even be traced straight back to sexual repression.”
Conversely, Allison Peregory, chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas UT Chapter and student representative of Students for Concealed Carry, mocked the protest as an ineffectual way to address the issue.
“I don’t know what [people] plan to do with a dildo against an assailant,”she mused, “but as a woman, and I know other Texas women agree with me,we’re going to take concealed carry over a dildo to protect us any day.”