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Cocks Not Glocks: College Activists Carry Dildos To Protest “Campus Carry” Law

College students from the University of Texas at Austin kicked off the new school year with a protest that will be remembered for ages because of its bold approach.

Students are outraged that the Texas legislature recently passed a new law that says licensed gun owners age 21 and older may carry concealed handguns on campus. The Republican-dominated state government is very pro-gun, but many believe that this should end at college campuses because of the harm inflicted by guns at other schools in recent years.

The University of Texas at Austin had their own shooting spree fifty years ago, in which Charles Whitman shot 49 people and killed 16 of them, including his own wife and mother. The new “campus carry” law went into effect on the 50th anniversary of this killing spree, August 1.

Protestors gathered around and wielded dildos, which were donated by sex shops, to make a point about what is and is not considered safe and legal on campus. The 5,000 dildos that were donated were all given out to those interested in participating in the movement.

Credit: Marshall Tidrick
Credit: Marshall Tidrick

The protest centered around the fact that people can now legally carry guns on campus, but sex toys are not allowed at all. Rosie Zander, a 20-year-old history student who engaged in the protest, said,

“We have crazy laws here but this is by far the craziest, that you can’t bring a dildo on to campus legally but you can bring your gun. We’re just trying to fight absurdity with absurdity.”

Acknowledging and embracing the absurdity of this method of protest is likely why this movement has gained so much traction and is being taken seriously. Students aren’t the only ones involved in defying this new law; three professors attempted to request a preliminary injunction blocking the law but were denied by a federal judge.

Critics of the law have made a variety of claims about how the law will change the campus environment and what it means for the community. Many have said that it infringes on everyone’s right to free speech, because what would normally be a healthy debate in class between students could more easily escalate into a violent situation with a gun present.

Opponents have also pointed out that the law is opposed by the vast majority of students, professors, and police, meaning that the law was passed to appease the NRA rather than demanded by the public.

Credit: Marshall Tidrick
Credit: Marshall Tidrick

 

Proponents have said that this law is a natural extension of the open carry laws that already exist in Texas and permit firearms in public spaces, which could help stop a shooting spree one day.
As for their medium, organizers for the protest decided on dildos not only because of the absurdity of them, but also because they wanted to engage as many people as possible. One activist said that it’s not always easy to enlist fellow students in protests because joining political movements is often boring and demanding.

One student, Jennifer McKay, clarified that there are other advantages to using this medium:
“I think that having guns in classrooms is absurd and this protest is equally absurd and we may as well be sex-positive while making a political statement.”


Featured Image: Marshall Tidrick
This article originally appeared at True Activist.

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