Alleged Cock Ring Patrol Upsets Castro Nudists

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What is annoying is trying to get a drink in the Castro
Believe it or not, being a nudist doesn't always make for a liberating life.

Just ask the naked folks of the Castro, who claim San Francisco cops are on unofficial "Cock Ring Patrol" in the Castro, which is exactly what it sounds like: cops cracking down on nudists wearing cock rings.

Mitch Hightower, a local nudist, says in an e-mail to SF Weekly that cock-ring-wearing exhibitionists "frequenting the area report that either a duo or trio of cops approach selected male nudists and inform them that wearing cock rings draws undue attention to the genitals, and is therefore, under the law, considered to be lewd conduct." He went on to say that those nudists were told they would have to register as sex offenders if they are busted with the sex toy in public.

Obviously, we wanted to know more. So we contacted SFPD, which tried its best to explain the very fine line between laying around naked and wearing a cock ring in public, especially if it's used to arouse the penis.
First off, Officer Carlos Manfredi denied that cops are on penis patrol in the Castro. In fact, the only time on-duty cops are required to even approach a nudist is if someone has called to complain that they are aggravated by the flapping penises. Same goes for the cock ring, Manfredi tells us.

"If a person is offended by it or annoyed in any way, we can respond and cite the person, but we can't just [walk up] and say this is something we will cite you for," he says.

Read SFPD's Policy on Public Nudity here

But it's not that simple. If a cock ring is arousing the nudist -- which it's meant to do -- the that could create a really uncomfortable scene.

"I don't know if you have to be aroused for it to stay on -- I'm not sure -- but if the person is aroused and bringing undue attention, then they can be charged for lewd and lascivious," Manfredi told us. 

Manfredi says he supposes that, like nudists, people would have to be offended enough by the endless erection before police would actually do something about it. Fortunately, in San Francisco, the cops don't get too many complaints. "Usually people are tolerant [of cock rings in public], but it will be a call that will spark out attention."

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douglas
douglas

this issue has greater importance than cheap jokes about our supervisor's name or accusations of prudery?  does a small group have right to enter a community in which it does not live and dictate behavior, especially when this group would not behave the same way in their own communities?  if a community offended and repulsed by something is asked to just ignore their feelings, will this same community ignore their feelings when, say, gay bashers, decide to enter the same community and dictate behavior?   give me a grocery store, a hardware store, a library.  i am a gay man living in the castro and i want my neighborhood back.   if these guys succeed in turning the castro into a year round folsom street fair, then the glbt movement is over and i fear for gay and lesbian people everywhere.   - another gay man living in the castro against the exhibitionists (they are not nudists - please don't call them that)

yustinkipu
yustinkipu

The whole idea of being nudist was that people with clothes were not really welcome.  The freedom was for the group, so nudist colonies were not in public.  This is not freedom, it is an exhibition, which is forced on those who do not want to see your junk.  You are sick pups and should be arrested for indecent exposure.

cyberdracos
cyberdracos

Not all us gays want to see other gay guys junk all the time.  Have some decency and think about others sometime and not your self inflated egotistic self entitlement.  Seeing guys, naked with a cock ring, is forcing someone to witness your sexual fetish.  THAT is abusive and quite frankly disgusting. Be nekkid in your own home...but don't force it on those of us who don't want to see it if we're not wanting too! Jeez you guys make me ashamed to be gay.

rusty94100
rusty94100

Interesting article -- thanks for finding out what the police have to say about this. Apparently, there is an on-going effort in the police department to find new ways to harass the Castro nudists. One proposal has been to claim that cock-rings constitute lewd behavior. But the SFPD apparently does not feel confident enough of this claim to be willing to officially  send out cock-ring patrols. However certain rogue police officers have been making threats to the nudists anyway. At least one of the officers has so thoroughly failed to understand the law regarding lewdness that he thinks that wearing a hat constitutes lewd behavior if the person is wearing no pants. Well, there are dingbats in almost every line of work.

 

By the way, this statement in the article: "If a cock ring is arousing the nudist -- which it's meant to do..." is incorrect. Cock rings are worn for a variety of reasons -- medical, political, or fashion. You can't assume that someone wearing a cock ring is doing it to get a hard-on.

DeadLenny
DeadLenny

Clothed or naked, wandering around in public with an obvious hard-on is in bad taste.  Sheesh, we gotta explain this to people over the age of 15?

naturistspaceorg
naturistspaceorg

I love being nude! I think nudism is just natural and I think it's horrible that it's so frowned apoun, hidden, and outlawed in the majority of places. I am always naked when I can be and when I can be is only when I’m alone in my room. My family doesn't allow it in the rest of the house and the law doesn't allow it outside. I think it has nothing to do with sex, when naturists want to appear more sexual they change the way they are acting and you view them in a whole different way. Imagine a place like naturistmingle.com where you can Get Away from it all. Relax and Unwind in a Serene Setting and Have Fun!

LMAObutkindaoffended
LMAObutkindaoffended

"Manfredi says he supposes that, like nudists, people would have to be offended enough my* the endless erection before police would actually do something about it."

 

*Supposed to be by? Seriously SF weekly clean your magazine up... It is becoming trashy.

 

LMAObutkindaoffended
LMAObutkindaoffended

HOLY SHIT THEY LEFT A PENIS IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PICTURE!!! SF weekly do you edit your stuff? This is hysterical.... I wonder if hundreds of copies where sent out with this uncensored picture.

James Murphy
James Murphy

the SFPD needs to stop dicking around and pay attention to real crime

go_lady
go_lady

@SFWeekly wha.... cock ring??....

rusty94100
rusty94100

I've seen lots of public nudists in the Castro, but hardly ever see anyone with "an obvious hard-on", regardless of whether or not they are wearing a cock ring. So this whole issue is a "tempest in a teapot".

 

Even if people *were* walking around a lot with hard-ons, there would be no need to "explain this to people over the age of 15". They already understand quite well the process of sexual arousal. Children, on the other hand, would view it as just another interesting phenomenon -- unless some neurotic adult convinces them that they've just been subjected to a horrible experience.

 

Cock rings are worn for any of several reasons that have nothing to do with sexual arousal -- medical reasons, political reasons, fashion reasons. One shouldn't assume that someone wearing a cock ring is doing it to get a hard-on.

rusty94100
rusty94100

 @LMAObutkindaoffended The SF Weekly is under no obligation to censor its pictures for the benefit of neurotic prudes -- very few of which are likely to be readers of this publication.

Lamdba
Lamdba

@LMAObutkindaoffended I'm guessing you've seen one before.

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