Texas students are protesting a new Texas law known as the “campus carry” law (which will permit people who are licensed to carry a concealed firearm to legally carry their weapon on college campuses) by highlighting what you can’t carry: a harmless dildo.
S.B. 11, passed by a Republican state legislature and signed into law by Texas governor Greg Abbott, will take effect on August 1 of next year in the state of Texas.
3,500 students at the University of Texas have already signed up to carry around dildos on their backpacks in protest of the new law.
Here’s an excerpt from the protest’s #CocksNotGlocks Facebook page:
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.
Protest organizer Jessica Lin, has pointed out a Texas law which states that anyone displaying or distributing “obscene” materials (such as a dildo) in public can be issued a $500 fine. A law she thinks is hypocritical:
“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.”
The Washington Post reports that others at UT have protested the new law in more traditional ways:
“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,” Hamermesh wrote in a letter to Fenves.
According to the Daily Texan, the university’s campus paper, there are 475 students enrolled in Hamermersh’s class.