Naked and Proud in San Francisco

Posted: October 1, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Sometimes I find myself shaking my head in disbelief as I sift through news articles, thinking, “This can’t be real, it’s got to be satirical.” You know, like something you’d watch on The Daily Show or The Colbert Report. As if San Francisco needed more notoriety regarding any shape or form of sexuality, protesters held a “Nude-In” last weekend.

Believe it or not, there’s no law against nudity in San Francisco. If that doesn’t surprise you, then add this mental image to that fact: a small group of people actually exercise that right. Yes sir, we’re talking going to parks, restaurants, walking in the street—just letting it all hang out. As long as it’s not “accompanied by ‘lewd thoughts or acts’ or ‘where there are present other persons to be offended or annoyed.’” Fun fact: police officers can’t legally be offended by it.

The “Nude-In” was in response to city supervisor Scott Weiner’s proposal to instigate a law restricting public nudity. The law would prohibit said nudity in restaurants, and on park benches and other public seating without some material placed in between seat and bare bottom.

A former SF mayoral candidate and “urban nudist,” 65-year-old George Davis said the law is unnecessary because it’s “basic nudist etiquette” to put a towel down before sitting in a shared public space. As Davis pointed out, “Weiner might as well have shot lasers and fireworks into the sky announcing that public nudity is legal.”

I couldn’t agree more. That’s how it always seems to happen though. Someone tries to put down a controversial issue and just ends up making it a headline instead. Oh the irony. Get over it Weiner, you live in San Francisco. If you don’t feel comfortable with the “free” lifestyle of the “urban nudists,” you could move.

I seriously doubt that those kinds of policies will undergo any dramatic changes when there’s already a general acceptance among many. You’d think with that surname, Weiner wouldn’t want to associate himself with any controversy involving nudity…or maybe he just didn’t quite think that through. Wonder if he’s related to Anthony.

-Erin Elzo

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