On Wednesday, August 24, students at the University of Texas, Austin descended on the steps of the school’s main building. They came brandishing dildos and signs which read #CocksNotGlocks in an attempt to protest a Texas law which allows concealed carry on campus while simultaneously protesting the UTA rule that bans the brandishing or distribution of sex toys on campus.
The problem with the #CocksNotGlocks movement is that it creates a divide which simply does not exist. If the goal is to promote the sexual liberalization of students on campus, driving a wedge between advocates on the left and supporters on the right is counterintuitive. If the goal is simply to keep guns away from college campuses, flailing rubber dildos around their campus seems to be quite an absurd and ineffective strategy. Furthermore, it falsely implies that respect for the Second Amendment and disapproval of sexual repression on campus are mutually exclusive.
Students for Concealed Carry agrees with this sentiment, and released a statement on Wednesday, in which they described their support for the movement. Texas State Director Brian Bensimon stated; “If carrying a phallus to class helps you express yourself, go for it. We welcome this demonstration that freedom of speech and concealed carry of handguns can coexist on the same campus.” The organization went even further, creating an online store which sells merchandise that promotes cooperation between the movements.
The #CocksNotGlocks protest was formed for two reasons: to advocate sexual liberalization on campus, and to keep guns off of campus. Yet its organizers fail to see the conflict between these two sentiments. It is hypocrisy of the highest order to advocate for individual liberties for those you agree with while demanding that the liberties of others be stifled because you disagree with them. In promoting this false conflict between sex-positive groups and pro-gun groups, the #CocksNotGlocks movement has taken a step to weaken the liberty movement as a whole.
The problem with #CocksNotGlocks is not one of immaturity, nor is it one of civility. Rather, it is one of hypocrisy and is a problem that few Americans are willing to overlook.