On Wednesday, August 24, the first day of fall classes at the University of Texas at Austin, hundreds of students, faculty, and Austinites took to the campus with dildos in tow.
With sex toys strapped to their bags, backpacks, and persons, the UT community protested Texas Campus Carry, a law that went into action on August 1 and allows the licensed concealed carry of handguns in select public university buildings.
“Cocks not glocks,” protesters cheered through the heart of campus next to the UT clock tower, echoing a once-innocuous penis joke that protest organizer and UT alumna Jessica Jin made after the law passed last summer.
According to the Texas penal code, it is illegal to intentionally display or distribute obscene materials in public, dildos included.
Jin questioned why guns would be allowed on campus if something as non-threatening as a dildo wasn’t. Within days, her reflection became the penis joke heard ‘round the world, receiving a ridiculous amount of press and hate for her proposed protest.
In the 10 months that followed, dildo and sex toy manufacturers from across the globe donated an estimated 4,500 of the phallic-shaped protest tools to Jin and her team.
Throughout the dildo distribution rally on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday’s protest, Revelist asked students why they disagree with Campus Carry.
From worrying about their own personal safety, to the potential repercussions that guns in classrooms could have on free speech, 15 students and community members reveal why they prefer "cocks to glocks."
"I am against Campus Carry because of the UT Tower Shooting."