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September 9, 2011 - Karin Elton
According to a recent story in the San Francisco Chronicle, it’s not illegal to walk around naked in San Francisco. (The story, culled from the AP wire, is slugged “NudistCrackdown.”)

San Franciscans tolerate public nudity, but say it is crossing the line, so to speak, when the nudists sit on public buses and in restaurants.

A city councilman, Supervisor Scott Wiener (I’m not going to touch that one), is unveiling a proposal that would require nudists to cover up if they take a seat in public or in restaurants.

That only seems reasonable. I used to live in San Francisco and visited there a couple years ago. I asked myself after reading the above what would I think if I saw “the naked guys” as they are referred to by the locals.

I think I would be momentarily startled and then look away and go about my business.

What if “the naked guys’” habitat were Marshall? That would be a little different. While they would have been quite comfortable temperature-wise when it was in the 90s here, I don’t think they would have been received with just annoyance by the locals here if they swung onto a seat on the MAT bus or bellied up to the bar at Landmark Bistro.


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