Wiener Proposes San Francisco Nudity Ban
San Francisco Nudity Ban – Did you know there is a U.S. city where you can legally walk around nude in public anytime you want? It’s called San Francisco. Of course, don’t imagine an American version of Cap D’Agde, but there has been a small known group of nudists that gather in a section known as the Castro. They simply hang out in the nude and sometimes pose for photos with happy tourists. Aside from this small, regular nudie hang-out, the nudity also plays a bigger part in events like the Pride Parade, Folsom Street Fair and Bay to Breakers race with large numbers of naked people.
Despite a few naysayers, the public nudity and nudists have become part of the city’s culture. Residents take pride in it as an only-in-San-Francisco thing. But now, supervisor Scott Wiener has proposed a public nudity ban, which will outlaw nudity in city plazas, public transit and on the sidewalks. However it will remain legal for festivals and parades.
Wiener is quoted as saying, “While most people in San Francisco, myself included, have no problem with occasional public nudity, we’ve seen a shift in public attitude because of the over-the-top situation at Jane Warner Plaza and elsewhere in the Castro.” Translation: I’m okay with seeing a naked man once in awhile, like when I inadvertently catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, but, not every day! Not 10 of them all at once!
Wiener has also cited complaints of people saying there are nude persons strolling past elementary schools and Girl Scout troops. Yes, well, the children mustn’t learn the truth: that at least half the world has penises and the rest have vaginas or something in between. And that they have one of these, and probably will one day see all types. So just cover it up and pretend they don’t exist. Besides, kids can just go on the Internet, browse some pornography and learn about anatomy from there. That’s worked really well for us so far, right? Right??
Ok I’m being facetious. But interestingly, there is another issue behind the ban that I’ve only seen mentioned in certain articles and not others for some reason: cock rings. It’s not just the daily “ad-hoc nudist colony” that seems to bother Wiener and others, but the fact that some guys are wearing cock rings in public. While some say cock rings are sexual and inappropriate, others argue that these fall into a “grey area.” Yes, they can be used for sexual purposes, but can also be worn just for decoration. (FYI, it’s a ring worn around the base of the penis, usually to prolong an erection. Don’t search it in Google images, you might regret it.)
Genital jewelry or piercings are also a controversial issue in the nudist community. Some nudist clubs and nudist organizations forbid them. Our philosophy is that an ear piercing can be just as innocent as a genital piercing. Basically if it’s not extremely obscene or giving sexual pleasure, it’s okay by us. It’s part of our philosophy of acceptance. As the owner of Goodland Country Club once said to Jordan, “As far as I’m concerned, as long as a person isn’t walking around with a dildo up their bum, they can wear any genital jewelry they want.”
Usually it’s family-oriented clubs that prohibit genital ornaments, due to the presence of children. I think it’s easy enough to explain it to a curious child. For example, you are walking with a kid who points and says, “What’s that?”
Parent: “It’s jewelry.”
Child: “Why do they have that?”
Parent: “Because they think it’s pretty.”
Now, please take my poll!
If you want to keep the freedom to go nude in San Francisco, or support others’ right to do so, sign this change.org petition! And if you’re in the area, maybe you want to join this rally on Saturday, October 20.