If you’re from Texas you know this venerable phrase, reminding you every morning to pack your cock (not Glock) in your knapsack (UD is so old she calls backpacks knapsacks) before you go to school. It’s part of a campus-wide protest against the new conceal-carry-in-classrooms law.

UD, a fervent supporter of this nascent open dildoes movement, admits to struggling a bit with the concept, though. What is the connection between showing a dildo in public and protesting against people bringing concealed guns to university classes?

At first blush, the gesture sounds merely aesthetic:

Cocks Not Glocks, a [University of Texas Austin] protest group formed last fall, is urging students and others to openly carry the sex toys around campus, offering a multicolored counterpoint to the concealed weapons that holders of handgun licenses can now legally carry inside UT classrooms and most buildings.

One of the organizers elaborates:

“As long as you have a dick on your backpack, people will be thinking about the guns inside of other people backpacks” [Jessica] Jin said Tuesday, dildo strapped to her backpack.

So it’s an aide–mémoire, a way of jogging your memory about the new fact of concealed guns all around you. Plus: obscene/obscene:

“The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms; however, it does have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. 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.”

However, the university has announced it’s down with the dong, the more the merrier, go ahead with the dildoes, so the obscenity thing lacks a certain oomph.

I guess UD thinks of it as a counter-demonstration sort of thing, a provocative, amusing “response” to conceal carry… Also maybe a comment on guns as an aide-de-male-sexual-inadequacy-feelings? The gesture certainly skews female, certainly suggests a mordant womanly comment on boys and their toys…

Anyway there’s a rally on campus today and you should go if you’re in town because there’s something deeply shameful – not to mention dangerous- about so many guns out and about in states like Texas. UD doesn’t blame the UT architecture dean for resigning and moving to a non-lunatic state in response to campus carry (which, if I know Texas, will very soon be campus open carry), and she certainly hopes other faculty follow. Already a number of people who had planned to enroll as UT students have announced they’ll go to gun-free schools instead. And now you’ve got the dildo brigade, which is at once amusing and deadly serious.

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7 Responses to “Remember the Dildo!”

  1. Contingent Cassandra Says:

    The analogies would definitely be more exact if (when) open carry were (is) allowed. Still, it works pretty well in its present form, and does, indeed, hit a pretty nice balance of playful/serious.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Contingent Cassandra: I agree. Although a bit murky as long as open carry isn’t yet allowed, it’s pretty brilliant.

  3. Sean O Says:

    Tears For Fears had a line in a song ‘Head over heels”, “It’s hard to be a man when there’s a gun in your hand.” Think they were on the same track as you UD. Guns and jacked up cars & trucks are often a telling sign that something is up, or perhaps down in this case with these men or boys.

  4. Greg Says:

    It’s gratifying to see a protest group getting a little buzz.

  5. Derek Says:

    I think it makes sense inasmuch as the university is choosing not to enforce its own prohibition on sex toys but is not being given the opportunity to opt out of concealed carry.

  6. JND Says:

    Keep Austin weird!

  7. Greg Says:

    Austin is the only part of Texas that appeals to me. In response to the endless yapping about secession on the part of the imbeciles running that state, there is this graphic for “don’t let Oklahoma hit you on the way out:


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