Hello, nudity ban: activists arrested outside City Hall for being naked

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"All you have to do is strip naked to find out if public nudity is political in San Francisco," nudist activist Gypsy Taub said into a bullhorn outside City Hall today, where a nude-in was being held on the first day of Supervisor Scott Wiener's ban on being naked in public.

Moments later at around 12:30pm, she became the first arrest made under the ban, followed by two (UPDATE: Although police officers on the scene put the total protesters arrested at three, other news outlets are now reporting that there was four detained) other protesters. An incensed crowd rhythmically chanting "shame!"

The message was clear: San Francisco is not the same city -- and y'all can keep your clothes on.

It should be noted that the first person detained for the crime of taking one's clothes off was a woman -- and that the crowd at City Hall was not the mass of wrinkly older Caucasian gentlemen with cock rings as the nudists have popularily been portrayed. The crowd was diverse in gender, representative of many races, and displayed vastly divergent fashion sense. One man who was arrested wore a top hat and mesh penis sling. A woman who quietly told reporters that the police had told her the protesters would receive citations and be back on the streets in an hour had on one purple and one red fishnet stocking, a statement necklace, and a proudly erect rubber cock swinging in front of her. 

"Why do you hold my arms so hard?" top hat man implored the cops as they hauled him away. Another clothed man with a pink sign proclaiming "NUDE IS NOT LEWD" screamed ceaselessly at the cops, questioning why city resources were going toward detaining naked people and not to stopping drug sales blocks away in the Tenderloin. 

After the arrests, there was a moment to reflect.

"I have a gnarly vitamin D deficiency," Alice "Wonderland" (she withheld her last name so that people wouldn't try to add her on Facebook) told me when I asked why she and her tits had made it to the protest that day. A Santa Cruz resident who works in San Francisco, Wonderland said she used Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro -- the geographic flashpoint for the nudity conflict -- as a spot to sunbathe on her lunch break.

"If I don't get a lot of sunshine, I get depressed," she said. "Supplements don't work the same way." Wonderland was under the impression that going topless was still okay in the city, but all the same she was nervous about have her tits in front of so many police officers.

It was worth it: "[Being nude in public] has been a highlight of my 'holy crap' city life."

Taub has helpfully posted a transcript of the speech she was delivering when she was arrested on her website. In it, she questions whether the ruling by Judge Edward Chen was in fact written by the judge or an unknown person associated with the military, and draws some untoward correlations between the nudity ban and "strict Muslim society." But we do get down with her overall message that body freedom is a right, and that its repression is a definite step backwards. 

In closing, the conclusion that Taub didn't have a chance to deliver today before she was hauled away by the cops: 

"Let’s reach out to each other in the most human way possible, let’s support and empower each other. Let’s face our fears and get [past] them, let’s take action, let’s stand our ground."

Comments

A nudity ban really is too bad. Public nudity was a rad aspect of San Francisco. When I was in London last year, folks were asking, "Is it true they're going to ban nudity in San Francisco?!" They were genuinely distraught. People far and wide love this city for its sense of freedom ... why become like every other yuppie town?

Posted by Liz from LA on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

Also kind of a bummer that the article insists on calling breasts "tits." Please, girl.

Posted by Liz from LA on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 2:18 pm
Posted by caitlin on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

That's fab Caitlin - but it's still a charged word to describe women's bodies. It ain't empowering like the nudists activists - it's derogatory, like the dudes at civic center who make kissy noises as you walk past them.

I was pretty shocked when I read that line. Why not ask why she and her latisimus dorsi showed up? It's not often you see women bearing those in public!

Posted by Guestie on Feb. 06, 2013 @ 9:57 am

you get to say thigns just to shock people, only this time take a moral stance rationalizing that too.

SF is the place where nobody ever needs to grow up.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 06, 2013 @ 10:12 am

They also call a penis a cock. Don't see you complaining about that.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

Crazies like Taub led to the Berkeley nudity ban in the 1990s and they've chosen to use the same tactics that led to this ban, shades of Andrew Martinez.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

Break the law? Get arrested.

A few $500 fines will diminish their desire to offend and annoy.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

Yes, because it's simply unamerican to offend and annoy. We must fine everyone who offends and annoys!

Posted by Andy on Feb. 05, 2013 @ 11:53 am

another because they exercise an existing right, such as the right to free speech, and express a political or relgious opinion that is contrary.

And someone who blatantly walks around naked, knowing it offends people, for no reason other than to offend them.

There are also things, like being naked, which are OK to do in private or in certain accepted public locations, but which are completely unreasonable to do in front of, say, families and children.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 05, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

I certainly hope she took public transportation to undertake her carpetbagging.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

"the BART?"

It's just called BART, imposter troll.

Why would you care when you obviously don't even live here, amateur troll.

Thank you for the article.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

that a true local would ever mistakenly refer to "the BART."

Calls to mind a now familiar phrase: "greasy, berzerk, and perfidious."

Posted by lillipublicans on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

The definite article may be explicit or implicit in that context.

It's not like she's saying "Frisco", ya know?

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

Never take THE BART though. I don't take MUNI either for that matter. And I don't call SF San Fran or Frisco either.

Has anyone ever been able to explain why anyone outside 4 zip codes within SF would ever be interested in commenting on the SFBG's website? Do the commenters and writers here really view themselves as that important?

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

I left my heart in San Frisky (and yes, that's what I called it when I lived there).

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:51 pm
Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

Your amateur/imposter trolling infests this site on a regular basis. That's a blatant indicator of self-importance.

As for your not taking public transportation, that's because due to your elitist attitude you think you're too good to be with the masses. You're above that, you think. I can't stand pretentiousness.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

and never take public transport - your powers of perception are impressive.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

"your powers of perception are impressive."

That's because I'm International Troll Society Member #12360969212.

Being "proudly elitist" is highly frowned upon by the International Troll Society. In our 2012 Guidelines, p. 92, sections 1-3 it refers to "avoid any signs or symptoms of elitism or proud elitism, as such characteristics are a sign of insecurity, shallowness and superficiality."

Such traits are extremely frowned upon in the International Troll Society.

But I would point out that I am the real elitist, because my member number is in the higher Eschalon of International Troll Society membership elitism. It really shows who is the real elitist. It makes it so much harder for those of us who really are. In fact, I shouldn't even be speaking with a lower pleb like yourself. And do entertain us with your number, pleb.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 6:55 pm

'Nah, I often hear people say "I'll take the BART over"'

says Lucretia (aka "Guest")

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

taking Powell & Mason to The North Beach to see sights.

Posted by lillipublicans on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

"I certainly hope she took public transportation to undertake her carpetbagging."----from Troll imposter/amateur

Gypsy says on her website, "I was born and raised in Moscow, the land of Pussy Riot. I live in San Francisco with my 3 kids."

You're calling her (a protester) a "carpetbagger." Let's look at that, shall we?

carpetbagger:
An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.

Reading that definition from the dictionary, it reads, "especially a politician." Does any local San Francisco politician's name come to mind? The politician responsible for this nudity ban is originally from New Jersey. He moved to the new locality of San Francisco in 1997, but I didn't see you mentioning a word about that, pleb.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 2:13 am

""I have a gnarly vitamin D deficiency," Alice "Wonderland" (she withheld her last name so that people wouldn't try to add her on Facebook) told me when I asked why she and her tits had made it to the protest that day. A Santa Cruz resident who works in San Francisco, Wonderland said she used Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro -- the geographic flashpoint for the nudity conflict -- as a spot to sunbathe on her lunch break."

Lives in Santa Cruz, works in San Francisco.

Quite the commute.

Love to know what her "job" is San Francisco.

Posted by Demented, Yet Terribly, Terribly, Persistent on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

If Christian prudes wanted to get nudity banned in San Francisco, they could not have found actors to play those roles any better than what we've got here. Sad.

Posted by marcos on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

the Great Gay and Straight Free Love Pogrom of the late '70s...

... but that never actually happened, didit.

Posted by lillipublicans on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 11:29 am

gypsy taub and her friends again. they don't even live in san francisco. why is san francisco wasting so much money and time on this hippie chick with too much time on her hands. it costs a lot of money these days to live in this city with all the fees and taxes. why does she think she and her friends can drive across the bridge, take off their clothes and treat san francisco like their playground? make 'em pay or send them back to the east bay. makes me furious to see these white privileged narcistic people fighting so hard to walk around naked. we need to fight hunger, war, poverty. gypsy taub disgusts me, go back to the east bay, gypsy. san francisco is sick of you.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

what principles they really have. I'm guessing they won't last long, and some nice revenues for the city too.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

They'll get away with 5-10 hours of "community service" working at a non profit which focuses on nudity rights.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 3:42 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

Political activists do not get jail time. Most of the time their charges are summarily dismissed. Do you think the courts, DA and PD have the resources to prosecute these cases compared to all of the other pressing violent criminal and mega-dollar civil actions filling their dockets?

These protests keep SF in the world-wide news loop (good for tourism) and they let the politicians (including the DA) believe that SF is so special.

I once visited a house of a perpetual SF protester who had over 80 citations hanging down the wall. The longest they spent in jail was 6 hours, only because there were so many protesters to arrest that day the sherriff ran out of manpower back at the jail to process the releases. They played cards and had a good 'ole time awaiting their release.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

They are causing a public nuisance and, as such, are liable for arrest, conviction and incarceration. I'd prefer to break down their resistance with fines though, and quite simply bankrupt them into submission. But if they refuse to pay the fines then we either seize their assets, garnish their salary or throw them in jail.

If we're going to have this law, then let's enforce it, or decent people may start to take it into their own hands.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

"If we're going to have this law, then let's enforce it, or decent people may start to take it into their own hands."

I wonder if the FBI is reading this list?

Posted by marcos on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

The city is very accomodating to its pranksters and social change advocates. The city is also aware that some very smart, thoughtful people who live in and around SF are quite passionate about a variety of social, economic, and political issues: nudies, bicycle crazies, labor advocates, and dozens of other social issue groups trying to effect changes to the government and larger society. Some of the government leaders may actually agree with goals of these change advocates, even if they don't admit it until public opinion starts to turn.

Labor and social protest movements have been a part of SF for its entire history. Recall that when Capt. Montgomery (or whoever it was) finally conquered SF for the US government 250 years ago, the locals tore down the flag immediately after he left. And for a couple of centuries before that, after the European invasions began, SF had very little control from outside forces since it was far enough away from the military outposts of the Russian, Mexican, and American empires.

For many of us - and maybe we're slowly dying off and becoming a smaller minority - the US west coast, and especially California, is about as libertarian, live and let live, anti-authoritarian, tolerant, forgiving, and accepting place on earth you'll find. And San Francisco is one of the clearest voices of these social protest messages that get broadcast out to the world on a regular basis. More than the high-rises, more than the tens of thousands of tech multi-millionaires in our midst or the thousands of millionaire landlords and property developers who have made fortunes here, San Francisco is mostly about expression of freedom, liberation, and acceptace, or at least tolerance, of others who are different from us.

There are a lot of people who live in the Bay Area who could use some serious counseling. Some of them post here occasionally. But, really, if you haven't figured out by now that California, and San Francisco in particular, is a place where social protest and freedom of expression are tolerated and even revered, you're clearly in the wrong place.

No one is going to make a big deal out of a small protest against a new law they don't like. "Hi, I'm running for DA. I put the nudies in jail for 2 months. Vote for me!" is not likely to win a lot of new voters, especially if no one is inconvenienced much by the protest. Even in Seattle where pot consumption was recently approved but is still illegal to smoke in public, not many of the hundreds of people who went to the space needle to smoke pot when the law took effect were arrested. Members of the police and military are not noted for their intelligence since thy need to have an IQ around 100 to be hired, but even they figured it out that the very public response to the new law was bigger than some words written in a law book, and that making a bunch of arrests might not go over too well with the voting public.

It appears to be quite the pastime to come onto the SFBG webstite and make controversial statements designed to rile up "the progressives." But seriously, even if you only believe 25% of what you wrote, you definitely took a wrong turn-off somewhere along the way and ended up far from where you'll be comfortable. As has been lamented on these pasges for the past few years, it may be the spirit of SF is slowly decaying now that SF is hub central for the technology and financial powerhouses that have mastered how to harness military funded technology to transform human tasks into machine tasks, destroying middle-income jobs by the millions world-wide. But for now anyway, don't expect many politicians to say much about the social protests that show up occasionally on the steps of city hall.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

"or decent people may start to take it into their own hands."

I take it that doesn't include you, since you said, "decent people."

On message forums, one can always count on some blowhard nut who needs to get a grip with a "Guest" screen name to cower behind their keyboard anonymously and make these big tough-guy, bully, empty threats about "taking it into their own hands."

Only some insane nut would do that. Might you be one?

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 9:23 pm

Troll imposter/amateur,

What a waste of server space your hateful post is. According to her website, Gypsy Taub lives in San Francisco with her 3 children, pleb. If you spent more time keeping up rather than hating on people you wouldn't be prone to revealing your ignorance.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 3:10 am

Thank you for this article. I appreciate the protesters today. Thank you so much. There should have been thousands and thousands more. But considering how lobotomized this city has become (and it will only get worse), I suppose we're lucky that just those few protesters were there.

I've read the nasty imposter-troll comments here. This site is infected with imposter trolls. One in particular being that needy, all-self-important, elitist "Snapples" act pretending to be part of the wealthy, bourgeois elite (who's too good to be with the masses). Also, much of the content from the amateur trolls here is in violation of the International Troll Society's 2012 content Guidelines and Code of Ethics which were distributed during our last Conference in Topeka last fall. That's how I know they are imposters and amateurs. We had a wonderful conference, but I did notice how the people in Topeka are, well, let's just say "different." And many people are insistent on bringing Topeka here. Who the hell wants Topeka here?

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

This is not surprising to Lucretia. Many are entranced by her power. Few understand the depths of her sophistication. What Lucretia wants Lucretia gets.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 9:13 pm

Do you always speak of yourself (your imposter act) in third person? How odd. That's one of the signature indicators of an imposter/amateur troll. I notice imposters and amateurs immediately. We're trained to as International Troll Society members.

As for this:

"What Lucretia wants Lucretia gets." That sounds like a very self-absorbed, self-entitled and spoiled brat who has never matured to adulthood. It's all about "me, me, me, me, me."

The depths of your sophistication can be found in the depths of any septic system.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

Sometimes not. It's how she feels at the time. Again - what Lucretia wants, Lucretia gets. And your responses are what she wants now - and she's getting them.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

Ah no pleb. Quite the contrary. You took my bait. You provided the reaction and response I was looking for pretending to make it "all about you" (again). Wrong, pleb.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 01, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

that the cops were at the protest and not arresting druggies blocks away.

The purpose of your protest is to get attention, now you got it, stop whining.

Posted by matlock on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 12:21 am

You're one of those imposter/amateur trolls at best. You wouldn't be allowed to set foot in the International Troll Society I can assure you of that. You're either a very remedial beginner troll, not very bright, or both.

The purpose of their protest was to test whether the ban would be enforced, not to get attention from the police (which they didn't want actually because they were hoping the ban would not enforced). But as a remedial and dense troll, you deliberately miss their point if you had any receptors to receive it to begin with.

As for your "stop whining," do you ever take your own advice, pleb?

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 5:59 am

me that making rules and not enforcing them makes the children uninterested in any rules.

Posted by matlock on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 10:43 am

What does rigid enforcement of all rules do to a child?

Posted by marcos on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 11:05 am

I don't have any of my own thankfully. Letting these rent a mob nuts and self centered nudists do their thing right off is probably not a good idea.

The info was in relation to making rules at work, as a manager I was against more rules. I didn't care what people did more often than not, so I don't want to have to enforce more rules as a manager. If someone came to work naked I would fire them though, I don't know if there was a rule in the employee handbook on the subject. I think I could have safely got that one past the labour board.

Too many rules just makes it impossible to enforce them all, something SF progressives miss it seems, it gives the cops/neighbors/busy bodies some reason to fuck with people. The Guardian "war on fun" is helped by all these idiotic rules, the progressives just want to dig through your trash looking for paper, it's anti-fun authoritarians who complain about the bar they moved in next to.

Rigid enforcement of rules probably produces born again Christians.

Posted by matlock on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

Insanity best describes most of that post. You are also a Theme-Troller (of the imposter variety). Theme-Trolling is expressly prohibited by the International Troll Society guidelines. We are not allowed to go on sites and theme-troll. Your theme is "progressives." You work-in "progressives" and your dislike (mild word) for "progressives" into nearly all of your posts that I've seen.

This is indicative of a conservative troll imposter:

"the progressives just want to dig through your trash looking for paper."

They do? Oh yes of course they do. Yes, I see that all the time. People wear a sign saying, "I'm a progressive" and they are constantly going through other people's trash. It's epidemic.

You're insane. It's good that you don't have children because we have too many insane children having children already in society.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

I note the silence on this thread from the imposter/amateur trolls to a certain topic. They have lashed out at Gypsy Taub, one of the protesters of the nudity ban. One imposter troll ended their dump with "gypsy taub disgusts me, go back to the east bay, gypsy. san francisco is sick of you."

I, as a member of the International Troll Society, pointed out that Gypsy says on her website, "I was born and raised in Moscow, the land of Pussy Riot. I live in San Francisco with my 3 kids."

One of the other imposter trolls referred to Gypsy as a "carpetbagger" (the self-described "elitist" and not-very-bright "Snapples" act did that).

The definition of a carpetbagger follows:

An outsider, especially a politician, who presumptuously seeks a position or success in a new locality.

Does any local San Francisco politician's name come to mind? The politician responsible for this nudity ban is originally from New Jersey having moved to the new locality of San Francisco in 1997, but none of the amateur/imposter troll plebs care to mention that (because they agree with the ban). The imposter trolls have remained silent to my inquiry in this regard and that's one of the signatures of an imposter/amateur troll. Don't even think of applying with the International Troll Society, plebs, as your application would be immediately rejected as the International Troll Society has high standards and would dismiss your level of basic, remedial troll skills. Plebs.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

Shows that your level of research skills and skepticism is lacking.

Taub lives in Berkeley. She does not live in San Francisco.

Now go fetch items for my Super Bowl party. Momma's tired after a long day of shopping, spending lots of cash and running over handicapped bicylists who got in my way.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

Grade for that post: - 2.

That's one of the worst, disreputable posts I've seen from any imposter/amateur troll. You pretend to be an "elitist" but write more like a redneck hick. You really don't try very hard, do you?

I would be much more likely to believe Ms Taub than I would an imposter pleb troll who still remains silent on the politician from New Jersey responsible for the nudity ban.

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Posted by International Troll Society Member #12360969212 on Feb. 02, 2013 @ 7:52 pm