sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

September 23, 2011

San Francisco Never Fails to Amaze

Filed under: Bay Area politics, whatever — Tags: , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:40 pm

Although I lived in the Bay Area for a decade and a half I had no idea that it’s perfectly legal to stroll the streets of San Francisco au natural.  And now a 65 year-old nudist (why is it that nudists are always over the hill?) is organizing a public service announcement in a form of a “nude-in” to let us all know that public nudity in the City is not only permitted, but possibly “not lewd”:

Though the naked guys aren’t fans of Supervisor Scott Wiener’s recently proposed legislation mandating that they put a towel down on a public chair or bench before sitting on it, the nude-in is actually unrelated.

It was planned weeks ago as a sort of pre-party for Sunday’s Folsom Street Fair. Because, you know, that daylong celebration of all things nude and leather-related stretching 13 blocks through the city doesn’t necessarily fill the weekend’s naked-in-public quotient. Last year’s pre-Folsom nude-in drew 50 nudists, though Wiener’s legislation could prompt a larger turnout.

Evidently, nothing pisses off jerks as much as a request to be courteous.  And so:

George Davis, a 65-year-old nudist best known for his unsuccessful run against Gavin Newsom in the 2007 mayor’s race, said the nude-in is just about letting people know it’s legal to go naked in San Francisco. (He’s right; it’s only illegal if one is aroused.)

“You wouldn’t believe how many people don’t know it’s OK to be nude; it’s not illegal,” he said. “It’s just conveying a message that nude is not lewd, that you have a right to be nude. That’s about it.”

No pictures to illustrate this story, for obvious reasons, but attractive topless protesters of Ukrainian group Femen can be found here and here.
UPDATE: More Bay Area craziness re signature Bay Area issues!  The City wants both bird safe buildings and the trendy wind turbines.  Oakland mayor not fined for her blighted Oakland Hills house; her neighbors are for theirs.


  1. What kind of a sick world do we live in when a law is needed to force people to put a towel atop of where they will sit?

    Comment by Harrison — September 24, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

  2. […] Francisco doesn’t even dare to tell nudists to cover up.  It merely tries to force them to bring a towel to sit on for… health reasons.  Parents magazine doesn’t factor in the health risk of […]

    Pingback by SF: The New Urban Parenting Paradise, per Parents Magazine « sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue — October 7, 2011 @ 11:00 am

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