Health Watch: San Francisco may ban restaurant nudity

Posted by: ST on October 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Another one from the “You Can’t Make it Up” department:

San Franciscans who prefer to have their food in the nude are facing opposition. Last Thursday, the ironically named Supervisor Scott Wiener proposed an ordinance on public nudity etiquette that would require nudists dining in restaurants to forgo their naturalist ways and don clothing.

Public nudity is legal in San Francisco as long as the nude individual is not in a state of arousal. But last Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee resulted in a ruling that, if approved by the full Board, will ban practicing nudists from public eateries, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Wiener’s proposal also requires those in the buff to place down a towel or barrier of some sort before they sit down on public seating.

“San Francisco is a liberal and tolerant city, and we pride ourselves on that fact,” Supervisor Wiener said in a statement. “Yet, while we have a variety of views about public nudity, we can all agree that when you sit down naked, you should cover the seat, and that you should cover up when you go into a food establishment.”

“Tolerant city”?? Not if you’re sane and conservative – even worse if you’re both at the same time. Also interesting is the fact that they only find public nudity a “health issue” at restaurants.  What about at grocery stores? Concerts? Any place where you have to sit down for, ahem, service?   Plus, some people you can have a “health issue” just by looking at nude. And – well, I’ll try to be delicate here – if you can’t be nude while in a ‘state of arousal’, that’s kinda hard (pun intended), right? I mean, from the way guys describe it, those situations can happen at the most inopportune times …

This quote, from the SF Chron article, is priceless:

Interest “may have peaked, climaxed” prior to the City Hall hearing on the proposal, said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

Er, um … ;)

Only in San Francisco, folks, only in San Francisco.

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5 Responses to “Health Watch: San Francisco may ban restaurant nudity”


  1. Phineas says:

    I was about to protest that we’re not all raving loonies out here but… ah, what’s the use? 8-|

  2. ST says:


  3. Carlos says:

    The only thing that could make this story more delicious is if Wiener’s name was “Oscar M. Wiener!”

    And not to be too gross, but I certainly hope white towels aren’t handed out for the folks to sit on…

  4. jussayin' says:

    Would the police have to carry around cameras to catch the nudist offender at attention in order to press the case of them being illegal?

    What about women? Cool breezes and their nipples might stand more erect, wouldn’t that also be considered arousal?

    Once people reach a certain age, they look far better with clothes. Isn’t there some kind of law against giving nightmares to the kiddies because they want to go around hanging their baggy arse out in public?

    And just the thought of some wiener being waved around produce raises (heh) the ewwwwww factor with this.

    These be Nancy’s peoples, though, so there is that. Liberalism is truly a mental disorder.

  5. J.P. Travis says:

    I had no idea that public nudity was legal in SF. Yet another reason to avoid the place. That aside, as I read the article, I kept thinking about the half dozen times I’ve visited SF and how doggone COLD it was every time! As Mark Twain said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” You’d have to be crazy to walk around naked in that city.