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Direckshun
01-30-2013, 10:57 AM
I'll admit, there's a libertarian charm to allowing public nudity.

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2013/01/stop-banning-public-nudity/4506/

Stop Banning Public Nudity
Conor Friedersdorf
Jan 28, 2013

A new ban on public nudity will go into effect in San Francisco next week, assuming it isn't blocked (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/17/san-francisco-nudity-ban-_n_2496846.html) by a federal judge. Said Deputy City Attorney Tara Steeley, arguing in favor of the law, "Government has a duty to protect the public that does not wish to be exposed to nudity on the streets."

In dozens of trips to the Bay Area, I've wandered widely and never seen a single naked person, but if I'd stumbled across someone in the buff, I can't imagine it would've harmed me, or that there are many San Franciscans so delicate that they've suffered from these encounters:

[pic not allowed on Chiefsplanet]

There are rational public health reasons to prohibit nudity in restaurants or on buses. Naked kids in public schools would be a distraction that harmed the learning environment. But a blanket ban that extends to all city streets, parks and beaches? People who value freedom and pluralism ought to oppose it, especially if the given rationale is a government duty to "protect" the public from what it "does not wish" to see. I do not wish to see pigeons. I do not wish to see advertisements. I do not wish to see the subset of tattoos that depict dolphins leaping from the ocean. Tough luck for me! I'd rather not see a naked, obese octogenarian tanning in Golden Gate Park either, but if it makes her happy I can get over my shallow aesthetic preference. Like the cities that ticket youths whose sagging pants leave their underwear exposed (http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/01/are-you-comfortable-with-3-year-prison-terms-for-saggy-pants/272517/), blanket bans on nudity are motivated mostly by a majority's desire to enforce its aesthetic preference on a minority, and to establish in law certain notions of what is moral and proper.

The aesthetic enforcers almost all offend against good taste themselves. Maybe it's their house that has an ugly paint job, or their bad haircut, or the color of the car they drive on city streets.

Few would pass muster on The Sartorialist (http://www.thesartorialist.com/).

It takes but a moment's reflection to see a flaw in the moralist's argument. In San Francisco next week, it will remain perfectly legal for a 50-year-old man to seduce an 18-year-old, impregnate her, ridicule her physical appearance until she is brought to tears, walk out on her, seek out her mother, seduce that mother for no other reason than to further hurt the jilted daughter, draw a graphic novel of the whole sordid chain of events, and publish in on the Internet.

But it'll be illegal for him to be naked outside.

Does anyone think the resulting moral signal is desirable?

I've never grokked the mindset of people who understand and acknowledge how unwise it would be to pass laws against many types of immoral acts, including behavior as abhorrent as what is outlined in the hypothetical above, but who insist that public nudity must be banned for moral reasons. Why do they feel compelled to ban even innocent nudity but not acts they find much more immoral?

Of course, there are people who are generally comfortable with codifying morality into law and creating victimless crimes, Dennis Prager among them. Last month, he dedicated a column (http://www.dennisprager.com/columns.aspx?g=f2671be9-31e1-4bb5-9f6c-adb805de17ec&url=whats_wrong_with_public_nudity) to the San Francisco law. As is his habit, he began with sweeping generalizations about "Leftism" and the agenda of its adherents that bear little resemblance to the beliefs of the vast majority of actual people on the American left. That characterization flows directly into his argument:

Two of the many areas of conflict between Judeo-Christian values and leftism concern the separation between the holy and the profane and separation between humans and animals. The essence of the Hebrew Bible -- as transmitted by Christianity -- is separation: between life and death, nature and God, good and evil, man and woman and between the holy and the profane. The reasons to oppose public nudity emanate from this Judeo-Christian list of separations.

When human beings walk around with their genitals uncovered, they are behaving in a manner indistinguishable from animals. A major difference between humans and animals is clothing; clothing separates us from -- and in the biblical view, elevates us above -- the animal kingdom. Seeing any animal's genitals is normal. Anyone who demanded that animals' genitals be covered would be regarded as a nut by the most religious Jew or Christian. But one of our human tasks is to elevate us above the animal. And covering our genitals is one important way to do that. The world of the left generally finds this animal-human distinction unnecessary.

The last sentence is especially absurd, but let's set it aside in favor of addressing a larger point. This idea that people are behaving in a manner indistinguishable from animals when they're naked in public is close to the opposite of my limited experience. Visit a nude beach in Spain or Italy, a sauna in Germany, or a co-ed hot springs in Oregon or Northern California, and you'll find a lot of men and women with ideological notions of how civilized naked people ought to behave.

As one clothing optional spa in Portland puts it, they are "a place where we try to model the change we want to see in the world. Most of our bathhouse hours are open to people of all genders. We also offer men's night and women's night weekly, plus a monthly trans and gender queer night." Typical patrons range in age from young adults to octogenarians. The rules:

Respect and uphold your own privacy and the privacy of others. All wellness sessions and services you receive... are strictly non-sexual. We encourage patrons to focus on their own experience, enjoying the calm atmosphere and quiet company of friends who came with them. By respecting privacy we create a space where people are able to relax, with or without bathing attire, and be free from sexual issues or innuendos.

That spa is about as far removed from a state of nature as is imaginable. Everyone is expected to exercise their higher brain functions and to keep their "animal impulses" tightly under control. And they do! In contrast, there are communities where people believe that if the women do not cover up their whole bodies, the men will be unable to control themselves sexually.

I find the Portland spa far more elevating and humanizing than extremist societies with enforced modesty.

Says Prager, later in his column:

The San Francisco Examiner reported about one of the protesters at the San Francisco Supervisors vote: "As he pulled his pants up, a nudist named Stardust said the legislation sent the wrong message. 'It's telling people they should be ashamed to be naked, and that's totally wrong,' he said."

But to those who believe in Judeo-Christian values, telling people to be ashamed about being naked in public is not totally wrong. It's the whole point. The first thing Adam and Eve discovered after eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was that they were naked. And the first emotion they ever experienced was shame over their nudity. San Francisco, America and the west are going to have to choose whether Stardust or the Bible is right.

Actually, I see nothing in the 10 Commandments that suggests public nudity ought to be prohibited, and I think Stardust's view is not at all inconsistent with the New Testament verses, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." As for Adam and Eve, it was God that put them on earth without clothes, distinguishing them as human, distinct from all other creatures, before they bit the apple and thought to cover themselves. Prager's biblical arguments fail even in biblical terms. (The Bible actually seems more concerned (http://www.openbible.info/topics/modesty) with fancy clothing and accessories than nudity.)

I know a lot of people have a visceral reaction to the idea of public nudity, and that they're inclined to trust their gut, even after they concede that none of their arguments are quite persuasive. I know people worry about their kids having to encounter naked creeps, though we'd all be immeasurably better off if creeps really did all walk around naked. (It's people who blend into trusted positions like priest, step-father and coach that prey on children, not eccentrics knowingly making themselves the most highly visible person on any street they're occupying.)

It saddens me that Americans sometimes put so little value on the preferences of cultural minorities, even when they aren't doing any harm. So I've one final argument to make on behalf of making space for some public nudity: it really improves way clothed people conceive of their own bodies. Talk to someone who has been to a nude beach, or read the Yelp reviews for spas where people are naked together, and you'll keep coming across comments like this one:

Odd as it may sound, it's really refreshing to spend an hour being naked amongst other naked women. I don't spend a lot of time looking at nude female bodies aside from my own, so it's a nice reminder that we're all essentially the same, yet unique. By the time I leave, I've seen so much variety that I don't even care that I have a mole on my butt.

Americans are bombarded with images of semi-clothed people all the time. It just happens that they're all beautiful actors and actresses, magazine cover girls, television underwear models, and porn stars. The average person sees lots of naked bodies, but very little real variety. While that may be more aesthetically pleasant, it skewers our notion of what a normal human body looks like. In an age of Victoria's Secrets in the mall, substantial nudity on prime time television, and ubiquitous You Porn, a ban on nonsexual street nudity begins to seem absurd. Society needs some relatively unattractive people to be naked in public now more than ever before.

loochy
01-30-2013, 11:04 AM
Yes.

Most people are horrendous WITH clothes on and they will look even worse WITHOUT clothes.

Mr. Kotter
01-30-2013, 11:08 AM
Yes.

Most people are horrendous WITH clothes on and they will look even worse WITHOUT clothes.

THIS

/end of another Direckshun thread

KC Dan
01-30-2013, 11:15 AM
THIS

/end of another Direckshun threadOne thing to add to this. This past year a bunch of us were downtown Portland for a Monsters of Rock event (60 local musicians jamming). It was at a bar right on Burnside Ave where each year they do the naked bike ride. At 10pm, the bar emptied out to watch said event. For 45 min, over 20,000 naked people rode bikes (very slowly) past this bar and over the Burnside Bridge. Now, while there were many hotties riding nude, as I mull over the memories of that night, what is stuck in my memory is NOT of the hotties but the wretched, horrid, flabby, gross and nastiest of the nasties bodies. No to public nudity.....

Amnorix
01-30-2013, 11:17 AM
JFC. Umm,, yeah, public nudity should not be allowed.

Frazod
01-30-2013, 11:18 AM
I really don't care what those fucking freaks do. I just wish they'd keep it to themselves.

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 11:22 AM
Last time I was in San Francisco, there were two old dudes walking down the sidewalk in the crowded commercial district. They had little signs around their necks encouraging people to vote for someone I'd never heard of.

I survived.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 11:33 AM
I'll admit, there's a libertarian charm to allowing public nudity.

No, this is not libertarian. Like most people, even many who claim to be libertarian, you don't understand libertarianism.

Streets would be privatized. Those who owned them would decide this and they have to please their customers. Most people don't want to look at naked people. There would be some public places that would allow this for a niche market.

2bikemike
01-30-2013, 12:11 PM
One thing to add to this. This past year a bunch of us were downtown Portland for a Monsters of Rock event (60 local musicians jamming). It was at a bar right on Burnside Ave where each year they do the naked bike ride. At 10pm, the bar emptied out to watch said event. For 45 min, over 20,000 naked people rode bikes (very slowly) past this bar and over the Burnside Bridge. Now, while there were many hotties riding nude, as I mull over the memories of that night, what is stuck in my memory is NOT of the hotties but the wretched, horrid, flabby, gross and nastiest of the nasties bodies. No to public nudity.....

One of my coworkers was there and mentioned the same thing. He took a video
With his cell phone to show us. I could have done just fine not seeing that!

Radar Chief
01-30-2013, 12:19 PM
Iím good with it as long as thereís an application/licensing process because letís face it; our clothes are doing most of us a huge favor.

oldandslow
01-30-2013, 12:26 PM
No, this is not libertarian. Like most people, even many who claim to be libertarian, you don't understand libertarianism.

Streets would be privatized. Those who owned them would decide this and they have to please their customers. Most people don't want to look at naked people. There would be some public places that would allow this for a niche market.

Seriously, your views of unfettered utopian capitalism are not so unlike those of unfettered utopian communism...

Dreams such as these are always unnattainable and, in the end, detrimental.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 12:30 PM
Seriously, your views of unfettered utopian capitalism are not so unlike those of unfettered utopian communism...

That's not my view since I have repeatedly said I am not a libertarian. I'm a conservative. I am just explaining what libertarianism is. It's mini-anarchy. But no, it is not at all like utopian communism. Precisely the opposite in result even if there's a minimal state. Communism has no state and everyone shares.

Dreams such as these are always unnattainable and, in the end, detrimental.

Really? Try Vatican City.

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 12:33 PM
No, this is not libertarian. Like most people, even many who claim to be libertarian, you don't understand libertarianism.

Streets would be privatized. Those who owned them would decide this and they have to please their customers. Most people don't want to look at naked people. There would be some public places that would allow this for a niche market.

It wouldn't be a DC thread without BEP turning an ideology into a bizarre absolute.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 12:41 PM
It wouldn't be a DC thread without BEP turning an ideology into a bizarre absolute.

It has nothing to do with ideology or an absolute of one. It's the definition according to the founders of it. I know what issues starts to fuzz and fade out that hard line and where libertarians disagree because there are different kinds. But, libertarianism is a mini-anarchy. At least old and slow, got that part right.

You just have a hair across your ass about it because you're probably one of the ones who like to claim being one just because they're fiscally conservative and sociallly liberal. That's merely on the surface. When I scratch one of these types I invariably find a statist lurking underneath. Libetarianism is anti-state not merely socially liberal fiscally conservative.

You can dry your tears now. Or take an anger management pill to calm down. I plan to keep reminding people that words matter and have a meaning.

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 12:50 PM
It has nothing to do with ideology or an absolute of one. It's the definition according to the founders of it. I know what issues starts to fuzz and fade out that hard line and where libertarians disagree because there are different kinds. But, libertarianism is a mini-anarchy. At least old and slow, got that part right.

You just have a hair across your ass about it because you're probably one of the ones who like to claim being one just because they're fiscally conservative and sociallly liberal. That's merely on the surface. When I scratch one of these types I invariably find a statist lurking underneath. Libetarianism is anti-state not merely socially liberal fiscally conservative.

You can dry your tears now. Or take an anger management pill to calm down.

That's like saying that Christians don't eat pork.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 12:51 PM
That's like saying that Christians don't eat pork.

nope

Now get back to nudity.

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 12:53 PM
nope

Now get back to nudity.

Way ahead of you...of course, you'd probably argue that I'm not nude since I have my wedding ring on.

KILLER_CLOWN
01-30-2013, 12:53 PM
That's like saying that Christians don't eat pork.

I don't.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 12:54 PM
Way ahead of you...of course, you'd probably argue that I'm not nude since I have my wedding ring on.

Nope

ASSumption

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 12:55 PM
I don't.

Govt regulated pork is really nasty stuff. My kid had wild boar hunted fresh just before Christmas. Delicious according to her.

cosmo20002
01-30-2013, 12:55 PM
The question was, "Should we ban public nudity?"

No, this is not libertarian. Like most people, even many who claim to be libertarian, you don't understand libertarianism.

Streets would be privatized. Those who owned them would decide this and they have to please their customers. Most people don't want to look at naked people. There would be some public places that would allow this for a niche market.

JFC
In real life, how many people have you literally driven insane?

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 12:56 PM
Did I hear a pig squeal?

KILLER_CLOWN
01-30-2013, 12:56 PM
Govt regulated pork is really nasty stuff. My kid had wild boar hunted fresh just before Christmas. Delicious according to her.

I'm not saying I didn't eat it as a kid and it tasted good, I however do not eat it now.

Radar Chief
01-30-2013, 12:56 PM
I don't.

Youíre missing out. Bacon makes everything taste better.

cosmo20002
01-30-2013, 12:57 PM
The question was, "Should we ban public nudity?"

It has nothing to do with ideology or an absolute of one. It's the definition according to the founders of it. I know what issues starts to fuzz and fade out that hard line and where libertarians disagree because there are different kinds. But, libertarianism is a mini-anarchy. At least old and slow, got that part right.

You just have a hair across your ass about it because you're probably one of the ones who like to claim being one just because they're fiscally conservative and sociallly liberal. That's merely on the surface. When I scratch one of these types I invariably find a statist lurking underneath. Libetarianism is anti-state not merely socially liberal fiscally conservative.

You can dry your tears now. Or take an anger management pill to calm down. I plan to keep reminding people that words matter and have a meaning.

JFC

teedubya
01-30-2013, 12:58 PM
I went to the "Weird Faire" in San Francisco last year when I was out there for business. http://howweird.org/

I saw a few naked women... and way more naked dudes.

So, I'm of the opinion of banning nudity for men... but allowing as much female nudity as possible.

cosmo20002
01-30-2013, 01:01 PM
Way ahead of you...of course, you'd probably argue that I'm not nude since I have my wedding ring on.

Depends on how 'nude' was defined by the Founding Fathers. You see, in the classical liberal defintion...but now, of course, paleo-conservatives will have you believe...

/BEP

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 01:12 PM
I went to the "Weird Faire" in San Francisco last year when I was out there for business. http://howweird.org/

I saw a few naked women... and way more naked dudes.

So, I'm of the opinion of banning nudity for men... but allowing as much female nudity as possible.

Even for grandma? Yikes!

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 01:14 PM
Saul, you attempt to ridicule my post shows an anti-social side to your character, much like someone else here.
You can count on such things from illiterate folks. They mock what they don't understand.

cosmo20002
01-30-2013, 01:15 PM
Saul, you attempt to ridicule my post shows an anti-social side to your character, much like someone else here.You can count on such things from illiterate folks. They mock what they don't understand.

:hmmm:



:deevee:

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 01:15 PM
Did you say something?

Direckshun
01-30-2013, 01:19 PM
Iím good with it as long as thereís an application/licensing process because letís face it; our clothes are doing most of us a huge favor.

LMAO

Direckshun
01-30-2013, 01:19 PM
Way ahead of you...of course, you'd probably argue that I'm not nude since I have my wedding ring on.

Ew?

CrazyPhuD
01-30-2013, 01:53 PM
To me the question always is, should we ban something solely or primarily because we don't like it. The answer there is definitively no. Doesn't matter what it is, doesn't matter if I personally hate it. If I can't show intellectually honest proof that there is measurable harm AND the benefit of the solution proposed is greater than the harm the solution causes, then no it shouldn't be banned.

Do I care to see nude people walking around(that aren't female supermodels)....no...but I recognize that my dislike is my problem and my government shouldn't be legislating what I don't like.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 02:18 PM
Would any of you ban tops like this for woman if there was an age restriction at least?

http://classconnection.s3.amazonaws.com/7/flashcards/1011007/jpg/minoansnakegoddesscolor-l1329113651596.jpg

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 03:08 PM
Ew?

Worse than you could possibly imagine...

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 03:10 PM
Saul, you attempt to ridicule my post shows an anti-social side to your character, much like someone else here.
You can count on such things from illiterate folks. They mock what they don't understand.

You have a propensity to speak in absolutes. Do you feel that this tendency fosters positive social interaction?

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 04:58 PM
You have a propensity to speak in absolutes.

Nope. http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=7997733&postcount=58

That's your opinion and you haven't been listening.

Do you feel that this tendency fosters positive social interaction?

For someone so opposed to Ron Paul ain't no way you've ever been a libertarian. Keep tryin' to pin it on my absolutes, when I go by essentials and rely on definitions.

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 05:49 PM
Nope. http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showpost.php?p=7997733&postcount=58

That's your opinion and you haven't been listening.



For someone so opposed to Ron Paul ain't no way you've ever been a libertarian. Keep tryin' to pin it on my absolutes, when I go by essentials and rely on definitions.

I neither claim to be a Libertarian nor oppose Ron Paul.

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 05:50 PM
I neither claim to be a Libertarian nor oppose Ron Paul.

Good on the first half. Not so good on the second half. Or I don't buy it.

Saul Good
01-30-2013, 05:54 PM
Good on the first half. Not so good on the second half. Or I don't buy it.

I never opposed Ron Paul. I simply said from the beginning that he would never win.

J Diddy
01-30-2013, 05:57 PM
You can have my tittahs when you pry em from my cold dead lips.

Direckshun
01-30-2013, 06:28 PM
You can have my tittahs when you pry em from my cold dead lips.

Ew.

CoMoChief
01-30-2013, 06:31 PM
Nude beaches ......ok that's fine to a point maybe on some selected beaches if you're into that kinda thing.

Other than that no way...America's the most fattest unhealthiest nation in the world and it's not even close.

J Diddy
01-30-2013, 06:38 PM
Nude beaches ......ok that's fine to a point maybe on some selected beaches if you're into that kinda thing.

Other than that no way...America's the most fattest unhealthiest nation in the world and it's not even close.

I dunno, maybe we're thinking about this the wrong way. If fat people were made to go outside naked and be subjected to the ridicule, it might change their habits.

cosmo20002
01-30-2013, 06:53 PM
I dunno, maybe we're thinking about this the wrong way. If fat people were made to go outside naked and be subjected to the ridicule, it might change their habits.

So...not just 'allowed', but maybe mandatory for some. Could serve as incentive to the biggies and as a deterent for others. :hmmm:

BucEyedPea
01-30-2013, 07:09 PM
Making certain people go outside if they are fat. Another wonderful Progressive micromanagment-of-individuals idea. Statism.

cosmo20002
01-30-2013, 07:14 PM
Making certain people go outside of they are fat. Another wonderful Progressive micromanagment-of-individuals idea. Statism.

They wouldn't have to go outside. But if they do...

Oh, calm down, nutty.

BigRedChief
01-30-2013, 09:03 PM
I dunno, maybe we're thinking about this the wrong way. If fat people were made to go outside naked and be subjected to the ridicule, it might change their habits.I know what I look like. You will learn to love it too.

Direckshun
01-31-2013, 06:46 AM
I dunno, maybe we're thinking about this the wrong way. If fat people were made to go outside naked and be subjected to the ridicule, it might change their habits.

LMAO

KILLER_CLOWN
01-31-2013, 08:05 AM
Making certain people go outside if they are fat. Another wonderful Progressive micromanagment-of-individuals idea. Statism.

Yup just like Obamacare, Get your nude ass out there or pay a penalty you dumbass fatbastard Americano!

J Diddy
01-31-2013, 10:51 AM
I know what I look like. You will learn to love it too.

I know what you look like too, however, I don't think I can learn to love another man.

Rain Man
01-31-2013, 12:05 PM
I hope they exempt the Bay to Breakers from this medieval and draconian abomination of state fascism.