Consider this a followup to the trending story at LU about a University of Texas-Austin professor who’d rather switch than fight. The teacher, Daniel Hamermesh, wrote a letter of resignation to the administration, citing as the reason for his departure the school’s new campus open carry policy, scheduled to start next August. In his letter, Hamermesh shared his fear that “a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me.”
As the good professor heads off to the Land Down Under, where he feels certain he will be at the mercy of fewer disgruntled students, he leaves behind a passel of orphans on campus who share his concerns over the gun law and intend to protest it in their own way — which is to say by carrying dildos around campus.
In an article titled in part “Cocks not Glocks,” the Houston Chronicle reports:
[Student] Jessica Jin, who set up the “Campus (DILDO) Carry” event on Facebook, invokes the argument that allowing more guns on campus will make students safe is a fallacy. She’s urging students to send campus leaders that message by strapping on the plastic phalluses.
“‘You’re carrying a gun to class? Yeah well I’m carrying a HUGE DILDO,'” Jin says in the group’s description. “Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”
According to the article, more than 330 people have signed up to take part in the protest, which will be held Aug. 24, 2016, the first day of next year’s fall semester.
I’m not sure I grasp the symbolism. It might be an obscure reference to this video released in 2014 that uses dildos to promote gun safety, but the message seems unrelated.
What’s more is dildos have been declared racist by another institution of higher learning. Are the U.T. students willing to cross that bridge to make a point?
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