Public nudity on the rise forces ban in San Francisco

nudity ban--1743882507_v2.photoblog600Apparently, a little bit of nudity in the streets of San Francisco is OK, but a lot-a-bit, not so much. With public nudity on the rise in the City of Loovvve, all bets are off: It’s clothes on or pay a fine. At least that is what will happen Tuesday if San Francisco lawmakers approve an ordinance banning public nudity. But wait! Fox News reported that there would be exceptions:

Exemptions would be made for participants at permitted street fairs and parades, such as the city’s annual gay pride event and the Folsom Street Fair, which celebrates sadomasochism and other sexual subcultures.

OK, so maybe they’re not going completely nuts after all.

Supervisor Scott Wiener
San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener

City Supervisor Scott Wiener, (Of course that’s his name. Adds so much to the story, don’t you think?), is in the awkward position of juggling the interests of the many nudists who hang out in the flamboyant Castro district, and the wishes of constituents who have had enough of seeing too much.  Last year, Wiener was able to persuade his fellow lawmakers to pass an ordinance requiring nudists to cover a public seat with a cloth before sitting.  Now, though, he has his hands full with protesting nudists and a federal free speech lawsuit they filed to block the proposed ban.

The Los Angeles Times explained the rationale for the law this way:

‘In its traditional form in San Francisco, public nudity was fine,’ said Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro District and introduced both ordinances. ‘It was fine to have a random [naked] person walking through the neighborhood once in a while. It was fine at public festivals and parades.’

But although many talk about the tolerant ‘spirit of San Francisco,’ Wiener said, ‘what’s happening now is … a caricature.’

Need a moment? Yes, this is San Francisco, but it’s still hard to comprehend that it’s “fine” for random naked people to walk through a neighborhood.

Nudist McCray Winpsett is upset at the proposal, telling Fox News he thinks Wiener’s prohibition goes too far in undermining a tradition “that keeps San Francisco weird.”

No, no, no Mr. Winpsett. There are plenty of traditions left in San Francisco to keep the “weird” factor. Just saying.

Read the Fox News article:

For a more tongue-in-cheek version, read the Los Angeles Times article:


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