Prude Community Panicked by S.F. Nude Protest

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News that the city government might limit where nudists put their sweaty, bare butts has been one of those local stories that gives San Francisco a name nationwide.

But for some out-of-town readers, the real news wasn't so much that the city might contemplate putting certain limits on public nudity, but rather that public nudity is legal at all.

"I implore you, as people who work for the good of our society, to ban nudity in San Francisco," wrote Suzy Rice, secretary of the Blue Star Moms of Marin, in a Sept. 16 letter to the Board of Supervisors. "There is no way that this can be construed as a positive development for our children, families, workers, or tourists. In fact, it is one more step towards untenable degeneration of society at all levels."

Local cops don't generally bother with nudists unless they're involved in a sex act, or if somebody fills out a citizen-complaint form. Last weekend, nudists exercised their right to bare butts at a street protest where they objected to a proposal that nudists might have to put down a towel or paper sheet when sitting in public places.

For out-of-town prudes, however, it's not merely public hygiene that's threatened by local nudists. 

According to Gail Nittle, who wrote to the Board of Supervisors on Sept. 15:

Recently, my sister brought to my attention something that is happening in San Francisco that is very disturbing. Public nudity. Evidently, the police have been advised not to enforce the public nudity laws. So now, when I come to visit my sister (who lives near San Francisco), I can anticipate a display of nudity with impunity! I'm sad and disappointed that your city has decided to ignore the rules of common decency and consideration for others' sensibilities.

What a shame that families will no longer feel comfortable walking around your beautiful city, especially with their children. I know that now I will not be visiting our city when I come to visit my sister and her family and would certainly not take my grandchildren, as I had planned to do. I'm glad I made trip to San Francisco last year, when I could see all the sites that are so unique to San Francisco without having to worry about encountering an unwelcome display of bare essentials.


Suzy Rice, meanwhile, told the Board that the nudists may threaten democracy itself.

"It is your responsibility to see that anarchy does not destroy our city, which has already crept into so many of San Francisco's fabric," Rice wrote in a Sept. 16 letter to the Board. "We have witnessed a negative trend that has [been] permitted to continue because of the governing bodies who do not care, have no common sense, or are lazy."

On a certain level, I understand where the prudes are coming from. Naked guys, in my opinion, happens to be the least entertaining part of Bay to Breakers. 

However, as someone with a habit of blowing snot from my nose onto the street and sidewalk, I feel obliged to defend the right of other people to leave bodily fluids in public. I stand in solidarity with naked butt-and-jock-sweat-smearers, people who vomit in front of SOMA bars, those who clip their fingernails on Muni, and people who piss in the Stockton Street tunnel.

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Dana
Dana

If you are looking to try something new, the clothes free lifestyle could be your answer to meeting new nudist friends who look just like everyone.  Naturistmingle com is the best choice for you! Nothing wrong with being naked as long as you enjoy it and can handle it. We are all born that way! 

Malcolm Boura
Malcolm Boura

Try comparing the teenage pregnancy rate of the USA with that of Denmark It is about ten times higher. Same pattern for teenage abortion, sexually transmitted infections, promiscuity, age at first intercourse and so on. More prudish western countries have worse outcomes, often enormously so, compared to the least prudish. The correlation is near perfect and the mechanisms are well understood but still people promote prudery. It is long overdue that they put their body prejudice side and started acting according to the facts. The health and well-being of children and young people is more important than any prejudice. How many more young people must die? AIDS, and other STIs, kill people. Prudery is child abuse and good intentions are not an excuse.

randyfleming
randyfleming

Let me guess ; you're N.A.M.B.L.A....Figures that you'd come out to champion something like this..How did you find an apartment that wasn't too close to a school house , anyway?

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

So anyone who's not a prude is a member of NAMBLA? Fuck, it must hurt to be as stupid as you.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

Calm down..Your SSI direct deposit should be in your account tomorrow.

Malcolm Boura
Malcolm Boura

I haven't got a clue what you are on about. I have been teaching the high school age group for 25 years and I have seen, far, far too often, the harm done by irresponsible sexual behaviour. Anybody who advocates attitudes known to result in such appalling outcomes really should think very carefully indeed about their motives. I believe that policy towards young people must be based on facts, not myth and prejudice.

Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

Like I always say..to people like you...The last "decent" San Franciscan was former supervisor Dan White.. It's been a 'sharp steep' down hill grade ever since...

bigriggs
bigriggs

Bunch of naked freaks....

Dsdd
Dsdd

Those who object to nudity have no practical argument whatsoever. The closest thing that comes to a practical objection is hygiene when sitting (who would want to sit their naked butt on a public bench anyway, yuck). For them, it's a matter of emotion, that they find nude humans objectionable. Well, too fucking bad. There was a time when people objected to women voting, the end of slavery, and marriage outside of Christianity. You always have the option to not change, lock yourself in your house, and berate others for things you get emotional about.

randyfleming
randyfleming

The libertine left , paradoxically , has also been defending the proposed establishment of 'Sharia Law' in  western democracies. When/if this comes into place , it will be interesting to see what happens to public nudity here in S.F. and to those who practice it.

Dan Jackson
Dan Jackson

So Gail Nittle (who does NOT live in The City) is "sad and disappointed" that San Francisco allows public nudity because she is afraid that when she visits her sister (who also DOES NOT live in The City) she will somehow be confronted with naked San Franciscans everywhere?

I hate to break it to you Gail, but when you made your trip to SF last year, I assure you there were still nudists in The City just as there are now, and it sounds like you had a great visit despite it. The real shame is that you felt the need to write a letter demanding a change in policy in a city you don't even live in. That is what makes me sad and disappointed.

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