Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposal to sanitize public nudity
has only given San Francisco's exhibitionists more reason to strip down and go au naturel.
A group of nudists are planning to take off their clothes at noon on Saturday, Sept. 24 on the Castro Commons and hang out -- literally -- for a few hours for a Nude-In. The goal is twofold: First, the bare-skinned men want to try to "normalize public nudity" and moreover, they want to protest Wiener's proposal which would force naked people to cover up a little more when they are in public.
According to the nudists:
How long can we hang out before the COPS show up? What will you say if
someone challenges your right to be NAKED? Make a statement for body
freedom and acceptance, come get buck naked in public with us! Remember your camera! Forget your inhibitions!
"Why is it such a big deal? It shouldn't be," says Mitch Hightower, a local nudist who organized the event. "Nudity is not a crime. Police have much bigger problems to deal with in the city than a few naked guys sitting in the sun."
It's not the first Nude-In the group has organized. In July, Hightower got about 25 men to sit on the plaza -- exposed -- which he described as "pleasant and low-key." But this next event he expects a little more activity, in part because nudists are upset over Wiener's controversial proposal. Earlier this week Wiener rolled out legislation that would require nudists to cover up when they enter a restaurant, and to place a towel, napkin, or perhaps a newspaper down before sitting anywhere in public.
Hightower says he's not really offended by Wiener's plan -- he's all for sanitary nudity. However, he believes Wiener's goal is ultimately to draw attention to the issue of public nudity and ban it altogether.
"It's bound to happen -- I've been thinking that for some time," Hightower told us.
Until then, expect to see more men walking around town, wearing only a smile.
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