University of Texas at Austin students opposed to a new "campus carry" gun law plan to protest with open carry—of sex toys. Organizer Jessica Jin says she finds it absurd that as of next August, license holders will be able to carry weapons inside university buildings while obscenity laws make it illegal to wave a dildo around, the Daily Dot reports. The Facebook event page for "Campus (DILDO) Carry" says protesters will be "strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks." So far, more than 3,700 people have signed up for the event, which will be held on the first day of classes next August—and uses a risque hashtag. Jin tells the Daily Texan that guns and sexuality are intertwined and she wants to put the spotlight on what society considers obscene.
"Some shootings in this past year can even be traced straight back to sexual repression," she says. "Dildos and guns are in it together for the long haul." She tells the Houston Chronicle that she has been receiving threats since creating the event. "People want me dead for a dildo," she says, but "most people are super supportive." The event was created the day of a fatal shooting on a Texas campus, the Chronicle notes, and the issue has a particular resonance on the UT-Austin campus: In 1966, student Charles Whitman opened fire from the university's clock tower in what was the first campus mass shooting in American history and the deadliest until 2007's Virginia Tech massacre. (A professor worried that the new law raises the risk of classroom shootings resigned last week.)