Since when did public nudity become a “civil right”?

Since it’s San Francisco…

Credit: Lea Suzuki/The Chronicle

Naked guys (and gals) stage “nude-in” at City Hall

SFGate: The Castro’s “naked guys” will not be deterred by anything. Not repulsed fellow citizens, not a proposed ban on their sartorial choices or lack thereof, and certainly not preparation for the Giants’ victory parade.

The nudists had planned a noon-time nude-in for Tuesday weeks ago in front of City Hall to protest Supervisor Scott Wiener’s proposal to ban nudity citywide except at street fairs, festivals and parades. But when the Giants won the World Series, and their victory parade preparations shut down the Polk Street side of City Hall, building management pulled the nudists’ permit.

No matter. About a dozen men and a couple of women showed up and stripped down anyway – just outside the blockades erected along Polk Street. One sunbathed in the grass, one walked around with a bird on his shoulder and one carried a sign showing Wiener’s face with a big red line through it that read, “The only Wiener that doesn’t belong in San Francisco.”

Wiener said, “I give them an A for creativity. I support their right to protest, but I don’t agree with them that people should be able to get naked anytime, anywhere, in any place in San Francisco.” (Currently, that’s actually the law so long as there’s no associated lewd behavior.)

The naked guys’ ringleader, 66-year-old George Davis who once ran for mayor on a pro-nudity platform, said Wiener was trying to rob them of their civil rights.

“This affects everybody,” he said. “Not everybody can be a man. Not everybody can be a woman. Not everybody can be gay, not everybody can be straight. Not everybody can be Chinese or Muslim. But everybody can be nude. That’s the first decision you make when you wake up in the morning – to be nude or not.

Since the City Hall steps were blocked, the nude-in occurred right next to – wait for it – Annie’s Hot Dogs, a stand in Civic Center Plaza. James, an employee who didn’t want to give his last name, snapped photos of the nudists and said, “The irony is not lost on me.”

Lloyd Fishback, 51, said he has to wear a suit and tie at his job as a security guard for a nursing home. But on Tuesday, he wore a Giants hat, flip flops and nothing in between. “He’s a party pooper,” he said of Wiener. “I like having an even tan. I just feel liberated.”

There were a couple of naked women at the nude-in including one who described herself as a sex worker who dabbles in escorting, massage and domination. Another brought her young daughter who was dressed but carried pro-nudity signs and handed out leaflets.

Wiener’s legislation is scheduled to be discussed in committee at 10 a.m. Monday, but thankfully the nudists will be required to wear clothes if they want to venture inside City Hall to testify against it.

Passers-by stopped to gawk and take photographs. “What if the Giants turned out like this?” one quipped. We think a large segment of the city wouldn’t mind that one bit.

What is it with liberals (and  you know they are) and their desire to be naked in front of strangers? Dr. Eowyn did a post on “Being Left and Going Naked,” July 24, 2010.

Beyond that, where does nudity fit into “civil rights?” Just cover up and if you really want to be nude, head to a nudist camp, TYVM!

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Dr. Eowyn
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“What is it with the Left and their desire to be naked in front of strangers?”

It’s their preening narcissism and their utter disdain and contempt for the sensibilities of others.

greenbare
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greenbare

FREEDOM is a basic conservative value. What is it with faux conservatives that they promote BIG GOVERNMENT tyranny to take away our most basic human rights, our right to our own body?

Public nudity
Guest

“I like having an even tan” – Hahah…what a king he is

Jake Drake
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Not all nudists are liberals. I happen to know a few, in fact, I am one. I’ve been a staunch conservative Republican all my adult life, as well as a Christian minister. Having been ordained in 1982 within a standard denomination I now serve Christ within the Natural Creationist creed. We do not condone “sex workers,” as one woman in your article states she works as, but nudists come in all types and not all (or most) are Christians. We were all created nude, as Genesis chapter 1 points out with Adam & Eve and God declared what He had… Read more »

greenbare
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greenbare

I am also a Republican and FREEDOM loving conservative. FREEDOM from government tyranny is a fundamental CONSERVATIVE value. FREEDOM not to be forced to buy and use products we don’t want by BIG GOVERNMENT Police state tyranny. Freedom of our own body, our most fundamental freedom is a conservative value. Police state control of our lives is a leftist big government agenda.

jochanaan1
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Since when did not seeing something that offends you become a civil right? In some areas at some times it was black people; for others it’s cigarette smoking or drinking out of a paper bag; for many it’s some current fashions like pants falling off the hips. Are we going to prohibit those things because some don’t like them? Then by what right can we prohibit the natural human body?

simplenaturist
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We dont choose to be naked, we are forced to wear clothes against our will. What do you call forcing people to do something against their will? For some of us we feel something akin to rape.

Daniel Segard Âû
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Who defines a “civil right”? Obviously, the question of what body parts are allowed freedom to be exposed to air and light are largely defined by the culture of the observer. In some cultures, it is understood that a woman is now allowed out in public with her naked face showing – while at the other end of the spectrum, there are 3rd world tribes where anyone can be out in public with any and every body-part exposed. The “civil right” of free speech allows any man to go up to a woman and demand that she veil her naked… Read more »

jochanaan1
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And freedom of speech includes expression of opinions, but not necessarily demands. One may demand that others should be covered up; that’s freedom of speech–but unless you are a law enforcement officer, your demand has no legal force. And even if it is a police officer making the demand, we still have legal recourse if his/her demands are illegal.

Brian Gee
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Brian Gee

I am naked nearly all the time at home. I would relish being able to leave my home naked without fear of harassment

Alan Christensen
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Alan Christensen

Body freedom has a long tradition especially in the Bay Area, from the hippies in the sixties to Andrew Martinez AKA The Naked Guy of Berkley to Gypsy Taub to the Bay to Breakers nude runners to the Folsom street fair. There are also quite a few famous Americans who enjoyed nudity Ben Franklin, James Madison, dozens evens hundreds of others. Fear or shame regarding the human body is both harmful and illogical after all we all have one. Does it not stand to reason that disgust over the human body is unhealthy? Broaden your horizons life is too short… Read more »

Michael Harris
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Michael Harris

Why do you want to force clothing onto people? I have every right to be comfortable wherever I am. If that means being nude then I have the right to be nude.

Jake Drake
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You understand “modesty”and “humility” from modern standards and interpretations from your own view. In order to accurately understand Scripture you have to study the Greek and Hebrew views back from the time this was written. I have studied both years past at great length, as well as the languages the Bible was written in. Those words conveyed, not an entirely different view than some have today, but applied differently, according to the culture of that time,which allowed for nudity, considering that unless you were wealthy, which the vast majority were not, you only had one set of clothing. People stripped… Read more »

John M Glennie
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John M Glennie

I sit on a towel, wrap… I wear kilts when I can’t be naked… If society has the right to wear anything, I have the right to be naked. To be naked, is a civil right, just as you have the right to wear anything you wish.

greenbare
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greenbare

A free man owns and controls his own body. It is his most fundamental right. Only a slave’s body is owned and controlled by a master. Only a slave has no right to control his own body. Any man who cannot have the freedom to choose not to cover his body is a save. It is the most fundamental human right, and the first right to be taken away by slave master who train us to obey and obey and to believe that slavery is freedom.

David McKinney
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David McKinney

I agree wholeheartedly with this article. I love my nudity and want to be able to go everywhere nude and never buy clothes again. I think we deserve to be able to be who we are anywhere anytime. If I was there I would have gone and got nude and supported the cause.

dreamsofbears
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It isn’t thay we get naked to bother anyone. We want to be able yo be naked and NOT have it bother anyone. It should be no big deal. We are all people under our clothes.

Reuben Titus
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Reuben Titus

As Conservative Christian I read the Bible, it tells me my Creator invented nude living (naturism as we call it) when he created our first grandparents. So why does our society make it illegal? What harm would it do to anyone to see someone else without fabric wrapped around them? Many people seem to think it would do children harm. But why? That makes no sense. In my experience children couldn’t care less, and receive not a bit of harm. I think I would have been much benefited by growing up with a lot more nudity than I did. Even… Read more »

Stephen Reinhardt
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Stephen Reinhardt

Since when did it become your civil right to declare the human body of another to be indecent and obscene?
To protect the public from their sensitivity to the sight of nudity you create censorship laws and force the covering of the human body, thus guaranteeing that the next generation will be even more sensitive to it. By trying to fix the problem, you only make the problem worse. Now THAT sounds like something that those liberal morons would do.

Alice L Martin
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In my view, the Weiner law in San Francisco came about because of the extremism of a few in the Castro district of SF. They were not naturists but a better word would have been exhibitionalists., going into restaurants naked without even using a towel to sit and open sex acts in public., And if I recall correctly, it was passed by a 1 vote majority. Naturists should have spoken up against their vulgar acts. SF still allows nude activities such as the WNBR and others and they have won several court cases since the enactment of the law.

wmrmartin
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wmrmartin

The Weiner law (in my view) was enacted not because of naturists but as a result of some whom I would label as exhibitionalists. True naturists should have been the strongest voice against their actions. They showed little respect for the public at large, going into restaurants totally naked and sat down even without a towel. They also engaged public in sexual acts – certainly not condoned by naturists. The new ordinance (as I recall) passed by a 1 vote majority. Certain nude events are still allowed such as the Bay to Breakers event and the WNBR and other demonstrations… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

People have the right to live unmolested. That can mean being assaulted by naked people flaunting themselves in pubic. Nudists are NOT the majority. If they want to get naked, who cares. They should respect the majority and do it somewhere where we don’t have to look at them.

Daniel Segard Âû
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There was a time when the “majority” didn’t want to see minority members in the “White” restroom. If I understand your point correctly, the minority members shouldn’t have objected, they should just have gone off to where white people wouldn’t have to look at them using the white restroom.

The supposed “right” not to see something is dubious at best.