nude.jpgAs previously reported, at Tuesday’s Board of Supes meeting, Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed an ordinance on nudity that’s rubbing some nudists the wrong way, as they say it’s unnecessary legislation mandating things that they already do.

Already considered common courtesy by some nudists and non-nudists alike, the ordinance would require our anti-clothing SFians to cover public seating before sitting down and put on clothes before entering restaurants.

Wiener said the decision to propose the legislation came after numerous complaints in his district, the Castro. Describing it as a public health concern, Wiener says “One would hope we wouldn’t need to legislate this, but people aren’t doing it.”

While nudists say they are are offended by the legislation, seeing it as a potential in for harsher proposals banning nudity altogether, many residents feel that the direction the Castro is headed in is no longer conducive to a nudist lifestyle.

SF Weekly seemed to corroborate this last December, stating that “the Castro has gone from edgy to twee and touristy. Strollers have rolled in like an invading army.”

Dubbed the “Free Body Culture movement”, many Castro nudists say they seek to raise awareness of body positivity and comfort, citing others’ reactions as the problem, rather than their nudity.

CW Nevius’ February 10 column in the Chron cries foul to all of this, mocking the “Free Body Culture movement” and essentially imploring residents to think of the children.

Will Wiener’s legislation quell complaints from Nevius and his ilk? Not according to nudist George Davis, who suggested to the Ex that Wiener’s proposal was unnecessary, saying it is “just codifying what is already nudist etiquette.”

A local restaurant worker told the Ex that the Castro nudists, many of whom congregate at the parklet in front of Twin Peaks bar, make a practice of covering up where they sit, saying “I haven’t ever seen the prints of those chairs on their butts.”

However, Andrea Aiello, Executive Director at the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District, told ABC7 “You sure you want to sit down on these chairs? Naked people sit here with their bare butts.”

SF Weekly sees a similar divide between what Davis says is common practice and bitter reality, reporting that Wiener says he “has been in a restaurant…when a posse of naked folks to eat and didn’t cover the seating.”

As noted by the Chron, under Wiener’s proposal, the first time a nudist is caught trying to enter a restaurant in the buff or sit without covering his or her chair, they’d face a $100 fine. A second offense within a year means a $200 fine, and a third arrest could mean a year of jail time.


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  • Sean

    What a waste of time and energy by Weiner.

    Like cops don’t have enough to do.

    Lets talk about the issue of sanitation. Really, are bare asses more of a danger to public health than covered asses?

    Truthfully, who did sit in your chair before you?

    I would think that a butt covered by denim of which had not been washed in a couple days is more of a threat to public health and safety than the bare ass.

    Do you wash your jeans every time after you wear them? Really? Do you occasionally sit in the comfort of your lazyboy watching the tube, reading the paper wearing the same jeans that you wore out to the park or on the bus? Have you ever notice the amount of bird shit on City benches not to mention dried up mucus?

    Weiner and the rest of you who have their collective panties in a bunch. This City needs jobs. Public School are suffering and on and on and on.

    From an esthetic point of view, I found it uncomfortable looking at some these naked bodies. I’m uncomfortable looking at amputee or people who have tattooed their face completely. I was once uncomfortable with two guys holding hands, or kissing each other.

    Butt in the end, this is my problem and I’ve found the more exposure I get, the easier it is to not notice.

  • Sean

    What a waste of time and energy by Weiner.

    Like cops don’t have enough to do.

    Lets talk about the issue of sanitation. Really, are bare asses more of a danger to public health than covered asses?

    Truthfully, who did sit in your chair before you?

    I would think that a butt covered by denim of which had not been washed in a couple days is more of a threat to public health and safety than the bare ass.

    Do you wash your jeans every time after you wear them? Really? Do you occasionally sit in the comfort of your lazyboy watching the tube, reading the paper wearing the same jeans that you wore out to the park or on the bus? Have you ever notice the amount of bird shit on City benches not to mention dried up mucus?

    Weiner and the rest of you who have their collective panties in a bunch. This City needs jobs. Public School are suffering and on and on and on.

    From an esthetic point of view, I found it uncomfortable looking at some these naked bodies. I’m uncomfortable looking at amputee or people who have tattooed their face completely. I was once uncomfortable with two guys holding hands, or kissing each other.

    Butt in the end, this is my problem and I’ve found the more exposure I get, the easier it is to not notice.

  • Rusty

    Frankly, I’m more concerned about the fact that colds and flu are usually transmitted by public surfaces that are contaminated by infected people’s hands. That is a huge public health issue that seldom gets talked about.

    The Castro nudists generally cover public seating before they sit in it, contrary to the wild claims of their opponents. Nevertheless, I see nothing wrong with making this mandatory. While such an ordinance probably won’t have much impact on public health, it also won’t be a problem for the nudists, since they already comply with it. And if it makes obsessive folks feel better about using public seating, then maybe they’ll turn focus their paranoia in more fruitful directions — such as worrying about all the rat-infested litter and garbage on San Francisco’s streets.

  • Rusty

    Frankly, I’m more concerned about the fact that colds and flu are usually transmitted by public surfaces that are contaminated by infected people’s hands. That is a huge public health issue that seldom gets talked about.

    The Castro nudists generally cover public seating before they sit in it, contrary to the wild claims of their opponents. Nevertheless, I see nothing wrong with making this mandatory. While such an ordinance probably won’t have much impact on public health, it also won’t be a problem for the nudists, since they already comply with it. And if it makes obsessive folks feel better about using public seating, then maybe they’ll turn focus their paranoia in more fruitful directions — such as worrying about all the rat-infested litter and garbage on San Francisco’s streets.