nude.jpgYesterday we asked you, dear Appeal readers, whether or not our dear city needs Supervisor Scott Wiener’s new proposal forcing those nude in public to cover up in restaurants and make sure there’s a barrier between them and the chairs they sit on. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of keeping SF weird and as Michael Petrelis reports, it’s about to get even weirder in the name of nudity.

Even before Wiener’s proposal a pre-Folsom Street Fair “nude-in” was planned for Saturday, September 24 from noon to 2pm in exactly the spot you already expect to see naked people — the Castro Commons Plaza. Organizers ask:

Just how many naked people can fit in the CASTRO COMMONS PLAZA? How long can we hang out before the COPS show up? What will you say if someone challenges your right to be NAKED? !

Reaction to Wiener’s cover-up plan’s been critical, not just from the pro-nude, but from those who say it doesn’t go far enough. Best known for his opposition to SF’s bike plan, Rob Anderson appears to think Wiener’s an idiot for not simply proposing to ban nudity, as seemingly does the Chron’s editorial board.

In an Open-Forum submission published in the Chron, Benicia-based commenter, writer, and poet,
Lois Requist appears to concur, noting SF’s nudists and asking “How many other visitors is the city losing through its craziness?”

Chron columnist CW Nevius has even harsher words for Wiener, saying he made “kooky San Francisco a national joke while doing nothing about the core problem.” The core problem, if you haven’t figured it out yet: naked people in public.

Needless to say, you probably won’t see Nevius, Requist, Anderson, or the Chron’s ed board at the nude-in on the 24th, but those interested in coming out to show their, um, support can RSVP on the nude-in’s Facebook event page. “Some participants may also walk around the neighborhood as a group during and/or following” the event’s 12-2 timeframe, organizers say, so bring your walking shoes.

Inhibitions are encouraged to be left with your clothes, just watch out for those glass-topped tables.

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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  • Cranky Old Mission Guy

    Let’s compromise; say we have a “nude-in” at Civic Center BART station, and a blockage-of-view assembly at Castro Plaza. Wouldn’t that make just as effective a statement?

  • Cranky Old Mission Guy

    Let’s compromise; say we have a “nude-in” at Civic Center BART station, and a blockage-of-view assembly at Castro Plaza. Wouldn’t that make just as effective a statement?