Keep Your Clothes On, San Francisco

Demonstrators at a City Hall protest against the nudity ban. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez.

On Tuesday, San Francisco lawmakers will vote on a citywide ordinance that would prohibit nudity in most public places.

The ordinance, proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener, would make it illegal for anybody over the age of 5 to “expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza” or on public transit.

If it passes, a first offense would carry a maximum penalty of $100. A third violation would be charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and a year in jail. Street fairs and parades, including the city’s gay pride parade and the Folsom Street Fair, would be exempted.

What do you think? Should San Francisco say no to nudity? Send an email to and let us know what you think.

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  1. Roy

    no. creating a city-wide ban on nudity is an over the top solution to a localized problem.

  2. SafeStreets

    we don’t need laws stating what we do or don’t wear!

    and there is no harm to others for being nude – there is no victim or damage done.

    note: there are already plenty of laws limiting aggressive sexual behavior — that is a different issue entirely.

  3. douglas

    i live in the castro. when we started seeing more and more “nudists” in the neighborhood my partner and i disagreed about the phenomenen. i suggested it made me uncomfortable to be forced to get used to something that made me uncomfortable. i mean, what’s the next thing i have to get used to – men in uniforms with swastikas? my partner however said this was a good “social experiment” and said people have too many hangups about the body. several months passed and when we ran into one too many naked guy standing on the curb waving this genitals at traffic, my partner turned to me and said he changed his mind, saying there were just too many naked men acting creepy. we support the ban.

  4. Dave

    I didn’t used to care much about public nudity, until I had kids. I’m sure there will be many who argue otherwise, but public nudity is related to sexual behavior, and something young children don’t need to be exposed to. Is it aggressive? No, usually not, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t something the general public needs to be exposed to. And it’s not a conversation I want to have with my 7-year old, and the same basic reason I don’t let her watch R-rated films.

    Public nudity has also been increasingly more common and not just confined to certain neighborhoods or events. It’s nearly an every weekend thing lately.

    I support this legislation and all parents in SF should as well. _

  5. Dan Ancona

    I have a two year old and live in the Castro. I reserve the right to change my mind about this in the future, but I don’t care now and I’m not planning on caring. I have yet to witness any of the nude folks in our neighborhood being creepy. (Wish I could say the same for the clothed ones!) The only place public nudity is related to sexual activity is in your head.

  6. Venancio Colorado

    Controvercial el tema

    Estoy tratando de entender las posiciones de las partes involucradas. Por un lado, estas personas con su postura de desnudo publico quizas esten ejerciendo su poder de libre exprecion. Aunque reconosco que ante las miradas de los trausentes este hecho sobresale. No me perturba del todo la desnudez, mas bien me cauza asombro el desprendimiento de tabus. Este acto en la calle habla por si solo. Impactando a cualquiera y quizas incomodando a algunos. El rechazo al desnudo publico es muy personal y por conviciones muy estrechas. Para terminar, el cuerpo humano es bello desnudo. El pensar de la sociedad influye mucho en la conducta. Desafortunadamente “las cucarachas” incrustadas involuntariamente en las mentes podrian trasgiversas la realidad, en este caso la libre desnudez.

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