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.
Taylor Whitfield holds up a sign protesting the Board of Supervisors proposal to ban public nakedness at City Hall in San Francisco, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. San Francisco lawmakers on Tuesday narrowly approved a proposal to ban public nakedness, rejecting arguments that the measure would eat away at a reputation for tolerance enjoyed by a city known for flouting convention and flaunting its counter-culture image. The 6-5 Board of Supervisors vote means that exposed genitals will be prohibited in most public places, including streets, sidewalks and public transit. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)