Nudists, Nazis and Normalization at a City Hall special meeting

At an aptly titled “special meeting” of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee last Friday, supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu and Scott Wiener heard public comments on Wiener’s proposed ban on public nudity, except for specific events. It was bound to be entertaining.

Wiener set the stage by explaining that, “Freedom, expression and acceptance don’t mean we don’t have any standards of behavior whatsoever. This means people can’t do whatever pops into their head no matter the impact on others and the neighborhood.”

Once the public got the chance to weigh in, one woman stripped down and two people opposed to the ban invoked the Nazis. Other contributions to the public record include:

“This is one more step to becoming Cleveland and normalizing our city.”

“I am 7 years old and we go to new nude hot springs and festivals and naked people don’t bother me and they seem like nice people.”

“When I have been to nude beaches with families I find it sweet and endearing. However, in the Castro, I don’t believe it is nudity. I believe it’s exhibitionism and the issue is, for it to function for the exhibitionists, they need to co-opt other people because they specifically do not consent to be exposed to and it’s unfair.”

“I want to walk down the street and buy a carton of milk without seeing someone’s penis.”

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