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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nudity Debate Tonight: Open Your Mind

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

click to enlarge Fight the power... - JOE ESKENAZI
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As a federal judge mulls San Francisco's pending ban of most public nudity, city denizens may be desiring a thoughtful debate over the merits of walking around naked in public -- sans demonstrative people walking around naked in public.

Barring the unforeseen appearance of a nudist, tonight may offer just that. A debate over the merits and detriments of the anti-nudity ordinance is slated for 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Club.

Club members take in the event for free; non-members must cough up $5. Non-member nudists must find someplace to keep that $5 prior to forking it over.

See Also: Nudists, City Clash in Federal Court

click to enlarge Actually, shambling like zombies. But very visible.
  • Actually, shambling like zombies. But very visible.

Per the event's preamble:

So what gives? Is this new law a slippery slope to the mainstreaming of San Francisco and its gay community, soon to become indistinguishable from any other city in America? Or are we merely enunciating the fact that we're a living City populated with real people with minimum standards and not just a bunch of weirdos?...

What do you think? Join us at the next SFDebate where we'll conduct a clothed debate of this law and its impact on San Francisco.

Is "a clothed debate" a euphemism for something, akin to "clothed in vast power"? If not, that's a point against the pro-nudity side. Having a naked person present in a situation where nudity is not par for the course might go a long way toward buttressing the city's position.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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