The Right to Bare Bottoms
Naked protesters in San Francisco's Castro District responded to city Supervisor Scott Wiener's recent proposal to regulate the practice of public nudity with a protest at a previously scheduled "Nude-In." Nudity of the un-aroused sort is currently legal in San Francisco (pictured above, man gets naked in the Castro District). The organizer of the "Nude-In," Mitch Hightower, said its purpose was to affirm that, "people out here believe there is nothing indecent or offensive about the human body." Wiener's proposal would restrict nudity in restaurants and require the nude to sit on a cloth or other sanitary barrier when using a public seat or properly wipe down the seat before leaving. Some protesters claimed that the seat barrier/wipe-down protocol is already part of nudist etiquette and would be an unnecessary law. Wiener and some of his constituents contend that this etiquette is often not followed in the Castro District. He stresses that he does not want to ban public nudity and that local nudist groups have not complained to his office.
Those protesting carried signs with slogans such as, "Get Your Hate Off My Body" and "Nudity is Not a Crime."