“SF Weekly” article December 1, 2010
“SF Weekly”, http://www.sfweekly.com, on the December 1 issue ran an article written by Lauren Smiley on the Buff Stop, the new renaming of the Castro Commons aka Jane Warner Plaza.
Below is my response to the article:
I am George Davis, one of the urban nudists written about in this article about the Buff Stop, Castro and Market. I have been actively espousing a Free Body Culture movement for many years. The Free Body Culture movement is an over century-old mainstream political movement in Europe. I have written two books on the subject, many magazine articles, and have been cited by the police (SFPD) 22 times over 5 years with no trials or convictions and 15 letters from the Office of Citizens Complaints stating that the police citations are harassment. In most circles, I am considered an expert on the contemporary social culture aspects of urban nudism.
I wish the article had made clearer that we all have a right to be nude. There is
No Federal, State, City, or County law or code that makes nudity illegal. There is a California Supreme Court Case (in Re Smith 1973) that holds and has been reaffirmed several times that “nude is not lewd.” That’s the reason that citing harmless nudists is a total waste of police and judicial resources. I’m amazed at the number of people who think that public nudism might be illegal.
San Francisco is supposed to be a cutting edge world class city. We are supposed to represent freedom of expression, freedom from censorship, and new ideas.
From an economic perspective, the number one industry in San Francisco is tourism. Admittedly, the nudists upset a few tourists, but they are outnumbered at least by 20 to 1 by people that enjoy the sight and want to meet us. For many, we are the most interesting and distinctive thing that they see in San Francisco. We are the topic of many a restaurant discussion. We bring business to San Francisco and enhance its progressive reputation. Experience has taught me that the only people that have a problem with urban nudism are excessively authoritarian, angry, or religious nut cases. These are the kind of people who cause most of the problems in the world and need a re-education.
For what it is worth, most of the regular urban nudists who show up at the Buff Stop live in the Upper Market area and the rest are from SF and the Bay Area. When you get down to it, all we are doing at the Buff Stop are things like talking with friends, reading books, sunning or eating a sandwich. We are just comfortable being nude. We invite you to join us and our “bare as you dare” dress code.