Students have it tough. Okay, so in Sweden things are made a little easier with the fact that Swedish and EU residents don’t have to pay tuition fees, but they still have a lot to deal with. In America it is different. You have to be able to finance your studies and, while you might be lucky enough to obtain a grant, a large number of people have to get financial aid.
Things are challenging in America at the moment, especially as gun control has been thrown into the spotlight. Some call for more strict control of these weapons, while others believe that it the people and not the guns that are the problem.
Students are eager to have their say on this topic, and so are hoping to start a protest next year in August to show just how they feel about gun control, and they are going to be doing it with… dildos? Want to know what dildos have to do with guns? Keep reading.
Addressing the big issue
It is a very sad fact, but lately whenever America comes up in the news it is in relation to guns. Either the government have decided that they aren’t going to be changing the current gun control laws, or there has been another incident to bring the fact that guns are so freely available to the centre of attention.
We aren’t going to be saying whether there needs to be stricter gun control laws or not. That is really down to America. Here in Sweden you need a licence to own a gun, and when you have a gun it is heavily regulated. It seems that many people in America are hoping for some kind of law like that to make them feel a little safer.
Lately it seems that everyone and their mother has something to say about gun control, showing that it really is a big deal in America. Some of those eager to be heard are students.
Many students report that they don’t feel safe attending university thanks to the current laws on gun control, and there is even one coming into play next August while will allow people to carry concealed handguns onto University campuses. Yikes! So students have come up with an unusual protest to get themselves noticed, and they are hoping to use dildos.
…but why dildos?
For some reason, dildos seem to be popular as props in protests. Just a few months ago we told you about the giant dildo war that was taking place in Union Square in New York, and it was all to raise awareness of STIs.
It might seem like a pretty random way of doing it, but seeing a dildo out in public is a sure-fire way to draw attention… and that is what protests are about. The students want to be heard, and they feel that by walking around with dildos, they are more likely going to be noticed.
On the 24th of August next year, around 1,500 people will be taking to the campus with “strapping gigantic swinging dildos from our backpacks” to raise awareness of their “Campus (DILDO) Carry” campaign, and to protest the new campus carry law.
One of my favourite things about this protest is the fact that they have come up with a hashtag to get the matter trending on social media, and they will be proudly saying #CocksNotGlocks.
It isn’t until the summer next year that we will actually be seeing American students walking around with giant dildos dangling from their backpacks, but they are already seeing the difficulties that they might be facing. For a start, the event takes place in Texas, which has a very unusual law that they must face.
The law basically says that anyone distributing or even displaying “obscene” materials in public is punishable, and they might even find themselves facing a hefty $500 fine. Considering the fact that the new law will be allowing people to carry guns and not sex toys, you can see why students are kicking off about it.
Jessica Jin, a student at the University of Texas, is leading the protest and has given warning about what might happen for those carrying weapons of mass seduction: “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.”
As for why she specifically chose dildos as their protest weapon of choice, other than the draw attention, she explains in on the Facebook group she has started for the event. Jessica tells us that dildos are “just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”
Will it really work?
Now this protest is certainly going to draw attention, but is it actually going to make a difference? Is America going to change the laws on gun control, or are they going to leave them as they are? According to Metro.co.uk, this year alone in America there have been 52 school shootings, leaving 30 dead and injuring a further 53.
You can definitely start to see why students are worried now that people can take handguns onto university campuses now!
What do you think about this? Is the protest a fantastic idea, or does it need to be bigger? Do more universities need to get involved to make people realise that, actually, there might need to be a change after all?
We want to know how you feel, and you can let us know by leaving a comment in the box below. Want to see what others are saying? Why not join in the discussion over on the Escort Sweden forum and have your say there. Is it time for a change in America, or is this protest too small to have the impact the students want it to
Since then she has gained a fine reputation with her blogs on sex advice, sexual health and amusing news stories from around the globe. She is also a campaigner for the rights of sex workers from all over the world.
In her spare time, Lara keeps herself active by going running, and is something of a film buff. She also loves to go travelling.
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