Federal Judge to Rule on Public Nudity Ban in San Francisco

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Kathryn DeHoyos currently resides on the outskirts of Austin, TX. She is the News Editor for the Good Feed Blog and absolutely loves what she does. She is the happy mommy to a wild 2 year old girl-child, and is blissfully happy being un-married to her life partner DJ.


  1. wellokaythen says:

    It’s shaky legal ground to say that the public nudity endangers health and safety and then grant special dispensation for certain parades. Why is Gay Pride Day nudity harmless but the other 364 days of the year nudity is harmful?

    But, it sounds like nudists have won a partial victory. You don’t have to wear clothes from the waist up. I think if you’re required to wear clothing from the waist down you’ll see some acrobatic nudists walking on their hands or being held upside down with skirts over their heads.

  2. whohoo,

    I wanna run naked at bay 2 breakers….

  3. Heh. Doesn’t affect me, but I love seeing stories like this. Go for it, activists! Keep America great with a thousand different beliefs.

  4. wellokaythen says:

    With greater freedom comes greater responsibility. If someone has the freedom to be publicly nude from the waist down, then there should be rules ensuring that the person takes a little extra responsibility when doing so. People who are nude in public have an extra obligation to practice good hygiene.

    For example, everyone should be held responsible for the public impact of the emissions from their bodily apertures. No one should be allowed to sit bare-assed on the city bus. I don’t want to sit on someone else’s skidmarks. So, if you’re nude from the waist down and you’re going to sit on a public seat in a public area, you’re responsible for providing some sort of barrier between the seat and your crack(s). Bring a seat cushion, use your coat, lay down a yoga mat, sit on a poster of your favorite (or least favorite) celebrity, whatever keeps your effluvia off the seat that other people have to use after you. In San Francisco you have to pick up after your dog and you have to limit your car’s emissions, so why not extend that to your own emissions?

    Wearing clothes over your lower torso is not just about covering body parts so other people can’t see them. It also has public sanitation benefits. That’s what I’d be most concerned about. I don’t have a problem with the visual issues of nudity, nor with people walking down the sidewalk nude. My concern is more about when they sit down. It’s pretty hard to gross me out, and I’m nowhere close to being a germaphobe, but I can’t help thinking about cholera, dysentery, etc.

    And, I’d want to make sure that private businesses still have the right to demand that their customers wear some clothes. Restaurants should be allowed to deny service to people nude from the waist down, and clothing stores should not let you try on pants or swimsuits without underwear. If your establishment allows clothing optional customers, it would be great to hang a sign that says so, just to give a little warning.

    • wellokaythen says:

      P.S. I can respect the nudist point of view, but I’d have even more respect if they showed total commitment — barefoot, no hats, no watches, no sunglasses. Show me that you totally own it, man.

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