Updated Sept. 6, 2011, 6:59 p.m.
So a guy named Wiener wants naked people to cover up when they sit on park benches and go into restaurants.
No, it’s not a joke. It’s an actual legislation proposed by Scott Wiener, Supervisor for the Castro, which, according to his press release this morning, “has seen an increase in public nudity recently.”
Anyone who lives in San Francisco has seen the “urban nudists” in the flesh walking around the Castro or perhaps at a BART protest. The SF Weekly recently did a fine piece on the nudists entitled: “Overexposed: Men Are Coming Out In The Castro. Naked Ones. Many In The Gay Neighborhood Are Not Loving It.”
Wiener says the new legislation will require a naked person to put something like a towel under his or her tush when sitting on park benches and other such public seating areas. It would also ban nudists from restaurants in San Francisco.
It is more or less legal to tramp around naked in San Francisco. As the the SF Weekly reported, former San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon sent out a memo to his troops last year, stating that public nudity is illegal only if it is "lewd," defined as intended for sexual gratification, and if people are "offended or annoyed."
"San Francisco is a liberal and tolerant city, and we pride ourselves on that fact," said Wiener in a press release. "Yet, while we have a variety of views about public nudity, we can all agree that when you sit down naked, you should cover the seat, and that you should cover up when you go into a food establishment."
No doubt the nudists now believe Wiener is involved in some giant cover-up.