There’s a new law being passed in Texas that would allow students to carry concealed weapons onto campus – as long as that concealed weapon didn’t look like a penis.
Texas University music student Jessica Jin is facing a great deal of publicity lately as she has spoken of her intention to start bringing a dildo to her classes with her, starting August 1st, 2016, and her invitations for others to do so as well.
This decision was made in protest of a new “concealed carry” law that will allow licensed gun owners to bring their guns onto the school property, including public hallways and even classrooms. This law is being touted as an effort to discourage school shootings, but Jin’s supporters think that this is a grievous mistake.
Especially, when you consider the fact that Jessica could face serious consequences for her protest. According to Texas University’s code of conduct:
“Subchapter 13–200. Prohibited Expression
Sec. 13–201. Obscenity
No person or organization will distribute or display on the campus any writing or visual image, or engage in any public performance, that is obscene. A writing, image, or performance is “obscene” if it is obscene as defined in Texas Penal Code, Section 43.21 or successor provisions, and is within the constitutional definition of obscenity as set forth in decisions of the United States Supreme Court.”
This would, in theory, cover any type of sexual expression – which, while potentially distracting, doesn’t carry the dangerous risks that would be associated with allowing the guns to enter the campus as the law entails.
Originally, Jin was unaware that this stipulation existed – she was simply planning the dildos to make a statement about how those involved with the new law were “a bunch of dildos” because they couldn’t see how their well-intending “safety measure” was nothing more than Texas’s long-standing opinions on gun ownership.
Gun owners especially are giving Jin a great amount of backlash, with some making accusations that if she were less inclined to make “pointless statements” that she might be able to get an actual human penis – which is a thinly veiled attack at her person, rather than her views. This friction has strengthened Jin’s resolve, and her following – which stands at almost 11,000 supporters on the event’s Facebook page alone.
This preference of gun ownership versus sexual freedoms isn’t a new thing for Texas, however. In 2008, the Supreme Court was involved in a decision that would end a 35-year-long ban against the sale or use of sex toys within the state. The Supreme Court decided that it was not Constitutional to regulate the sexual activities of a consenting adult, and therefore the states had no powers to impose or enforce laws that would limit their sexual expression.
Jin and her followers feel that it’s ridiculous that the school could impose laws that would, essentially, be limiting that guaranteed sexual freedom, while also passing a bill that put their personal safety at risk. After all, there should never be a situation where it is appropriate for a student to have a weapon in a classroom – and many feel that allowing this activity would only be inviting more trouble than it could possibly hope to prevent.
Our society as a whole has taken to criminalizing our sexual lives in whatever ways they feel they can. In the gay community, we certainly feel the most pressure from these laws, but certainly there are a number of other groups speaking out about it as well.
Jessica, we at KitschMix wish you the best in your protest – it’s time to fight back against slut shaming and senseless bans on our private lives!