How exactly does this match up or make sense? Well, the story is interesting, but the liberal logic still doesn’t connect the dots. Check out how it ‘made sense’ to Jessic Jin.
By Lauren McGaughy
AUSTIN — Jessica Jin had just a few hours to hide a couple hundred sex toys.
They couldn’t stay put, piled high in a friend’s place near campus. The girl’s conservative Christian parents were coming to visit her at school, and she told Jin she needed them gone, fast.
Then, they remembered that just across town, a group of professors were meeting that night to commiserate over the state’s new lawallowing licensed gun-owners to carry concealed weapons on campuses. So the girls phoned a friend.
That’s how 20 boxes of Singaporean-made sex toys were secreted into Ellen Spiro’s attic one night last November.
On Wednesday, those sex toys will be the focus of what could be the biggest protest anti-gun protest in the state’s history, and certainly the largest since campus carry became law earlier this month. Thousands of people have pledged to strap on, and strap in, for a daylong event on the first day of classes at the University of Texas at Austin.
A month before Jin showed up at Spiro’s door, the two women were strangers to each other. But two things tied them together: a love for UT and a hatred for campus carry. Jin had just graduated from the Austin flagship and Spiro, an Emmy-award winning filmmaker, had been teaching there for two decades.
That night, as Jin hid her stash above their heads, the professors huddled in Spiro’s kitchen downstairs in a tense meeting over how to block guns from their classrooms. A lawsuit was in the works, but what else could they do?
That’s when Jin pitched her idea.
“We are strapping gigantic swinging dildos to our backpacks,” Jin said. “Just about as effective at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play.”
The tension in the room broke, even if just for a second, Spiro said; for the first time, the foreboding the professors felt eased.
Jin’s involvement on the issue “was a breath of fresh air,” said Spiro. “In the most stagnant humidity — 104 degrees — imaginable, Jessica Jin showed up.”
How it started
Jin describes her goal as fighting against the fallacy of guns on campus — with phalluses.
She thought it up while sitting in Austin traffic. The day before,two students had been shot at Texas Southern University in Houston, and the talking heads on her car stereo were waxing poetic about firearms, young people and the inevitability of gun violence.
Jin got angry.
“These goobers on the radio were talking about how this was just a problem we’re going to have forever as Americans,” she said. “What a bunch of dildos!”
Until a few years ago, people were still getting arrested for selling sex toys in Texas under the state’s anti-obscenity law. UT’s code of conduct still prohibits “obscenity” on campus, which is defined in state law as promoting or possessing “a dildo or artificial vagina, designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.”
Jin, a self-described “small-time Internet troll,” was used to playing pranks. This time would be no different, she thought: “I do it for my own pleasure. I just cackle to myself a little bit and then forget about it.”
She could not have been more wrong.
On Oct. 9, she created a Facebook event called “Campus (DILDO) Carry” and invited 500 people to protest the new law — and UT’s obscenity rules — by toting sex toys around on the first day of the new school year.