Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Naked Men: Should They Be Allowed In San Francisco?

Christmas in Cocktober.
There is an "aesthetic problem" in San Francisco, right now. Men, naked, outside, in the Castro! "Most people just don't think older men look good naked," says a newspaper reporter on KQED's public nudity program, Forum. Also, it's so cold sometimes. Mark Twain has a famous quote about being naked in the Castro, because it's so chilly. And county supervisor Scott Wiener (come on) has proposed a new law that would make most people have to wear clothes outside, most of the time.

There are exceptions, of course. There are the famous parades! A San Francisco parade without thousands of naked people who do not need to look like 14-year-old anorexic models, thank you very much, well that isn't a parade at all. And what about the nudist festivals, which are a kind of parade without moving? So, these will be fine, but those old naked dudes in Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro, some citizens say they are tired of it, which is not very tolerant!

“Very rarely do people ask me why I do this,” [54-year-old Woody] Miller said. “I like the way it feels. I like the feel of the sun and air on my skin. I think it puts me closer in contact with who I am.

“A lot of people say we are too fat, too old, too hairy. But I consider my body to be a record of my lived experiences,” Miller said, noting a dramatic scar from a heart operation that plunges down his chest and ends in a dimpled cross just above his abdomen.

Why are San Francisco's prudes against basic sexiness?

Flickr creative commons photo by Tom Stovak.

11 Comments / Post A Comment

deepomega (#1,720)

Mandatory jorts.

colleenish (#238,765)

Ken Layne, thank you, you are a genius. "KQED's public nudity program, Forum." I cannot stop laughing. But not at the naked men, I would never. Nothing but respect.

PoignancySelz (#238,693)

What a bunch of asses.

alt-text FTW.

CraisinHell_a (#238,657)

nudist festivals, too, which are a kind of parade without moving

Now the parade without *clothing* I can see. "Parade without moving," when I try to imagine what that must be like, produces some weird claustrophobics for me cause there'd be nothing AND nowhere to hide.

jimz7 (#233,546)

They have balls, I'll give them that.

BadUncle (#153)

When someone says "naked fat men," that's when I reach for my pants cannon.

lost goose (#238,780)

I think the reason people are so offended by male nudity isn't the aesthetics, it's that a penis can be used as a weapon.

mind you, Castro nudity is much less threatening than nudity just about anywhere else.

barnhouse (#1,326)

I don't think they look so terrible! I don't mind the naked men all over the place in San Francisco. But what if they began turning up in other cities? I'd feel scared for them if they came along to LA, for example, it would seem so vulnerable in a lot of ways, like the air is just dirtier here for starters.

Basically, I like that it is so safe and friendly in San Francisco for naked men.

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