Naked guys aren’t content with just being nude. They have to be obnoxious, too.


It wasn’t enough that the exhibitionists wanted to stroll past sidewalk cafes  in the buff and flaunt their shortcomings in the Castro Plaza. Now Supervisor Scott  Wiener, who represents the area, says there are reports of them engaging in  public sex acts and of charging tourists to take a photo of them in  the buff.

The principal at Harvey  Milk Elementary School in the heart of the Castro has seen naked men while  going to and from school. And Mission  Station police who patrol the neighborhood report a consistent rise in  complaints that range from seeing men who walk around with robes on and flash,  to men who use props to call attention to their birthday suits and others who  wear genital jewelry that stimulates arousal.

“The more over the top they get, the more public opinion has shifted,” Wiener  said. The problem is so bad that he said it’s the most-raised issue among his  constituents – topping homelessness and Muni.

The naked guys may get a giggle out of tourists, but when you live in the  neighborhood it gets old in a hurry.

“I would say the overwhelming majority of my neighbors are fed up with it,”  said gay rights activist Cleve  Jones, who has lived in the Castro “on and off” for 40 years.

A year ago Wiener drafted – and the Board  of Supervisors passed – what’s known as the “skid mark law.” The ordinance  requires nudists to put a towel or cloth down before using  public seating.

I said at the time that the law didn’t go far enough and ridiculed Wiener for  making the city a national joke. The most recent examples of nudity Wiener cited  clearly show there is a need to ban nudity on public streets, and I applaud him  for rethinking how the issue should be handled. The skid mark law isn’t working.  And quite frankly, San Francisco wouldn’t be alone in banning the naked guys.  Marin County and even Berkeley have nudity laws.

There’s a difference between going somewhere where nudists congregate and  being confronted on the way to the ATM. C’mon, if you are shocked to see nude  people at the Folsom  Street Fair, you haven’t been paying attention. But increasingly, the Castro  is full of families with kids. This isn’t a nude beach; it’s one of the busiest  places in the city.

San Franciscans, and Castro residents, have bent the city’s code of tolerance  into a pretzel attempting to accommodate the nudies. We wouldn’t want to be seen  as non-inclusive after all. Or prejudiced to those of a non-clothed  belief system.

Wiener has been in office for nearly two years, and he says that during that  time, the attitude on the naked guys has shifted.

“There are quite a few people two years ago who would have been against a ban  and today they support it,” he said. “The guys have taken it to such an extreme.  I have to say it’s actually sad because I think for many, many years we were  totally fine in the city without any kind of ban on public nudity.”

Wiener stresses, by the way, that IF he proposes a ban on nudity that it  won’t include festivals like the Folsom Street Fair or even the nude runners in  the Bay to Breakers. This  is about naked men taking over the street furniture.

The real laugh is the sense of entitlement that the naked guys have, spouting  high-minded nonsense about personal rights and defending free  speech. Ridiculous.

And yet, they are given every break. Two weeks ago my family and I were  having brunch at Starbelly restaurant at the corner of Market and 16th streets,  when the naked parade trooped past. There wasn’t a person in the place who  cracked a smile.

In fact, as far as I could tell the prevailing response was a single word  – yuck.

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