San Francisco bans public nudity for over 5s (photos)
PUBLIC nudity for the over fives is now banned in San Francisco. The City’s Board of Supervisors have passed an ordinance that makes showing your genitals in public a criminal offence. Fines begin at $100 for the first offence; $200 for the second offence within 12 months the first offence; $500 for third-time offenders and a potential charge. Under five years old are permitted to let it all hang out. (Although those big for their ages can expect police to question them and ask for papers.) The ban was passed by six votes to five. One who objected was Christina Olague voted against the ban. She says: “When we start to surrender some of these basic rights citywide, what’s next? A lot of people think that that’s cliché, but I do ask that question. Piercing? Tattooing? Or yellow hair? What?”
What would you ban? I’d introduce fines for leaving shops without first looking to see if anyone is walking past. I’d make it law that all loud mobile phone calls (decibel range: anything above ring pull on beer can) are placed on loudspeaker so we poor sods can at least hear both sides of the conversation and thereby best chip in. You? What would you ban? Answers in the nude, please…
PS: The district supervisor who said “Freedom, expression and acceptance does not mean anything goes under any circumstances” is called Scott Wiener.
Demonstrators gather outside of City Hall in San Francisco for a protest against a proposed city-wide nudity ban, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. San Francisco appears poised to shed part of its image as a city where anything goes, including clothing. The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote next week on a law that would ban public nudity. The proposal comes in response to a devoted group of nudists who proudly strut their stuff through the city's Castro District. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)