San Francisco has banned public nudity in a vote that is likely to spark protests among the city's many naturists.
Two women stripped off as the result was read out at city hall on Tuesday. One said: What are you afraid of? My government
has failed me. Another man stripped off and chanted: The body is beautiful.
The vote went six to five in favour of the ban, which was supported by many residents and business owners in the city's Castro district.
For the past two
years, there has been an almost daily gathering of naked men at a plaza on the corner of Castro and Market streets.
Supervisor Scott Wiener, who proposed the ban on nudity, said he had been hearing from upset residents of the Castro district for
the past two years.
He was opposed by supervisor John Avalos, who said he was concerned that a ban on nudity would be an infringement of civil liberties. Sometimes there is a little weirdness about how we express ourselves and that's part of
what is great in this city, he said.
Outside city hall, protesters gathered to shout their disapproval of the ban, with some ignoring the cold to remove items of clothing.
A spokesperson for the law firm representing the pro-nudists
said that a legal objection is also being filed.
Nudists have stripped off in San Francisco's City Hall to protests against the city's recent ban on nudity in public. The protestors shed their clothes
in the chambers and started shouting at members of the board. The group was led out of the chambers and draped in blankets. One protestor was taken into custody for resisting arrest.
The new law makes it illegal for residents and visitors to bare
their genitals in most public places and is scheduled to go into effect 1st February 2012. Offenders of the law would face fines and possible jail time for multiple violations.
Opponents already have brought a lawsuit seeking to get it
overturned on free speech grounds.
Politically correct exceptions would be made for the city's gay pride parade .
Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has been jailed for a further five months after refusing to get dressed and go home to England. He has been jailed ever since 25th August 2006. So his sentence has now totalled 6 years and 4 months.
Gough appeared in
court suitably naked for sentencing at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, Fife.
He was found guilty last month of committing a supposed breach of the peace by strolling naked near a swing park where children were playing in Dunfermline, also Fife, and
refusing to put on clothes.
Gough who insists he is not a naturist and claims his naked rambles are a protest , was initially removed from the dock after only five minutes when he refused to sit down so his privates were hidden by the
wooden dock. After he was brought back in, and agreed to sit, the court heard he had refused to meet social workers and so no assessment was available.
Persecutor Brian Robertson said the Crown was prepared to help him go back to England if he
Sheriff James Williamson told Gough, that he was concerned that he had not met or co-operated with social workers drawing up the background report ordered. The sheriff said: Will you meet with them and assist them?
Gough responded, No, not really , Sheriff Williamson said he had been left with no choice but to jail him for five months.
[So why don't the authorities transfer him to a prison near his home in Hampshire whilst he is in custody?]
A sheriff in Kirkcaldy has asked for mental health checks on Stephen Gough after the naked rambler broke down in court.
In his emotional final plea, Gough, heavily bearded and gaunt, referred to allegations made by the persecutor, Brian
Robertson, and complaints from two civilian witnesses about the alleged impact on their children of seeing him walking naked through Townhill, near Dunfermline. His voice breaking before he began audibly sobbing, Gough said: There's nothing about me
as a human being that is indecent or alarming or offensive. That's where I'm coming from, which is deep inside.
Sheriff James Williamson told him:
There were certain points in your evidence and certain
points in your summing up where I was concerned about your emotional behaviour, and I was a bit concerned as to whether or not you were in control of yourself. I want somebody independent to see whether your mental health is all that is should be
because, in the absence of any good reason otherwise, you're going to end up serving prison sentence after prison sentence.
The Naked Rambler Stephen Gough has been arrested three days after he was released from prison.
Gough, a former Royal Marine who hikes across the country naked, was arrested in Townhill, Dunfermline, by policemen from Fife Constabulary.
He was released from Perth Prison on Tuesday, having spent the past six years in the Scottish jail.
A spokesman for Fife Constabulary said he was arrested following complaints from members of the public and has been charged with a supposed
breach of the peace.
The Naked Rambler's supporters on Facebook have made an official complaint to the Fife Constabulary
Re Arrest of Mr Stephen Gough on the afternoon of 20th July 2012 whilst in the course of
peacefully eating his lunch unattired
I refer to the ruling on Breach of the Peace, in 2001 in the High Court of Justiciary, where Lord Coulsfield held that breach of the peace required conduct severe enough to cause alarm to
ordinary people and threaten serious disturbance to the community and that mere annoyance or irritation were insufficient .
Misapplication of the legislation governed by this ruling would in itself constitute Breach of
the Peace by any individual(s) conducting such misapplication. Fife Constabulary is hereby on notice to provide indisputable evidence, including a physical witness, of serious disturbance to the community .
In this regard,
this message is being copied to Professional Standards and constitutes a formal complaint.
Stephen Gough, nicknamed the Naked Rambler, has vowed to continue walking around Britain with no clothes on after tasting his first day of freedom after being jailed by Scotland for 6 years.
Former marine Stephen Gough has spent the vast
majority of the past decade behind bars because of Scottish intolerance and injustice.
He initially earned the title Naked Rambler by walking unclothed from Land's End to John O'Groats after quitting his job as a lorry driver.
He was spoken
to by police immediately after his release, but was then allowed to go on his way in an apparent shift in Tayside Police force policy. On the last few occasions he has been immediately arrested by officers waiting for him at the gates, but yesterday he
was given the go-ahead to walk off despite being naked.
Following his release he said: My opinion is that the police have thought 'the guy's not going to give up so let's have a think about it.
He revealed that he had spent the vast
majority of his time in solitary confinement in maximum security Perth Prison - although he said life inside flew by.
A Giza Misdemeanors Court sentenced a married couple accused of swinging to 7 years in jail for the husband and three years for the wife and at the same time ordered them to remain under surveillance when they are released, state media reported.
The couple was arrested a year ago and were accused of trading spouses with other couples. Unfortunately for them, the country meanwhile took a big step towards religious extremism and sharia law.
The public prosecutor accused them
of prostitution and creating an indecent website to facilitate their sex trade. They were accused of sexual trading with three other couples. However the court found that the sexual activities were perfectky consensual.
report quoted the husband, identified as Hossam Kamel, said the idea came to him when he saw a similar website in a Gulf country and decided to bring the idea to Egypt.
Israeli lawmaker Nissim Zeev (Shas) has submitted a bill that would mandate one-year prison terms for anyone who strips naked in public for commercial or artistic purposes.
Dubbed the Spencer Tunick bill, after the American photographer who
staged a nude photo shoot last September at the Dead Sea, the bill would make public nudity illegal except in certain areas designated for nude bathing.
Last year, Zeev led the effort to prevent Tunick's photo shoot, in which over 1,000 Israelis
participated, from taking place. At the time, Zeev called the photo shoot an act of prostitution in the guise of art and warned that it would corrupt the morals of Israeli youth. After failing to foil the event, Zeev pledged to head off similar
events in the future through legislative means.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is expected to decide on Sunday whether or not the government will support the bill.
Citizens of the former West and East Germany share many well-established customs, including naturism. But does a relaxed attitude to naked bodies mask some division over
the freedom of women? See article from bbc.co.uk
TV3 documentary (Monday 9pm) examines the growing swinging scene, surprisingly dominated by females. Elite swinging clubs are enjoyed by the professional classes, paying
thousands of euro to join See article from independent.ie
The BDSM novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, is currently sitting in 28th place on the New York Times bestseller list and is topping Amazon and Barnes & Noble charts.
The raunchy novel is said to have become a favourite with Upper East
Side housewives who are devouring the book's blue contents and fiendishly recommending it to friends.
Publicist Alison Brod told the New York Times that the novel is the new Kabbalah for female bonding in this city - and is spreading its
X-rated charms. I found myself explaining what BDSM was to some of the moms at Saturday morning basketball.
The newspaper likens the story to Twilight for grown-ups, suggesting it has become something of a cult tome among mothers, who,
according to New Jersey mom, Alyssa Goldman, call it simply The Book .
In an ordinance approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in late December, the throwing of Frisbees and footballs on county beaches will be allowed as long as the activity takes place either in the off-season, or with a permit or the
permission of the particular beach's lifeguard.
Oh, and all nudity on the beach is now a violation punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, as are swimming or surfing during hazardous conditions or in prohibited areas, and shooting a gun.
To the horror of miserable neighbours, David Kay transformed his house into one of Britain's leading swingers' clubs.
The five bedroom property boasts two dungeons featuring spanking benches, torture chairs, examination tables and suspension
equipment. The back garden had been filled with a hot tub, stocks and a giant crucifixion cross for use in sex games.
New Forest District Council has now issued an enforcement notice against the owner for turning the house into a business without
Shameful conservative councillor Leslie Puttock claimed he had no moral objection to the activities taking place in the house....BUT... He said:
It's up to them what they do in their own home
...BUT... this was a normal domestic dwelling house that was bought and someone thought there's parking and I can black out the windows and this has become a club and it does not have permission to be one.
There is nobody
absolutely next door ...BUT.. .there are people across the road that are affected by it and the car movements and also the noise - it's not only inside, it's outside as well.
I think they have every right to complain.
In a letter to the council David Kay said:
The guests are asked to bring a voluntary contribution towards the costs of hosting the parties. The total value of contributions amounts to a fraction of the
costs of the rent or mortgage on the property. It is therefore impossible to conclude that the parties held are a commercial entity or for financial gain.
He said there had been no complaints to police about any disturbance.
The council is now refusing planning permission, saying the house is being used as a business, adding:
The use of a dwelling for a club in this rural location is at odds with the quiet and peaceful environment.
A club conflicts with the rural, low key nature of the locality and is of detriment to
the character of the countryside.
This is not an appropriate location for this type of use which would be more suited to a town centre location.
It has gavin Kay until March 11 to stop using the house as a club
and get rid of all his saucy toys.
But kay has now appealed the ruling.
Update: Council moralists do what they do best, shut down local businesses
A sex club in a
Hampshire village must now close down- because council moralists claim it breaks planning rules. The swingers club which is based in a five-bedroom private house boasting two fetish dungeons, lap dancing poles, an array of sex toys and a communal hot tub
lost its case on appeal and must now stop hosting parties.
As reported in the Daily Echo miserable neighbours in the New Forest have complained for years about the venue called JCT2 saying guests parked outside their homes and they even had to
direct lost partygoers to the right address. [such an outrageous imposition!].
New Forest District Council issued an enforcement notice against the property's owner David Kay following the complaints. They claimed he had breached planning rules in
the home called Highlands, off Salisbury Road, in Calmore because he did not apply for a change of use of the premises from residential to a mixed use of residential and a club.
[So in these austere times, its about time that council were a little
bit more open to people being able to use there houses for business. If the only imposition of this club, is that cars park in front of other houses, then the country should be grateful for the business. We probably need every penny to stave off
Nutter group Family First New Zealand is calling on the Tauranga District Council to follow the lead of the Kapiti Coast District Council and pass a bylaw outlawing public nudity on the coastline. It is also calling on the government to amend the Crimes
Act and Summary Offences Act so that the precedent to allow public nudity, set in past cases by liberal judges on events such as the Boobs on Bikes , can be overturned.
Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ spouted:
Families are rightly concerned that they and their children may be confronted by full nudity in a public place. Freedom of expression must never be at the expense of the right to protect children and families from
offensive and inappropriate behaviour. We would not allow nudists to expose themselves in shopping centres or outside schools. Doing it on the beach where there are families is no different.
Families don't want their children
being confronted by naked men and women. The rights of nudists to 'hang loose' should not be at the expense of families feeling embarrassed or offended. It is completely inappropriate for children to be confronted with naked adults wandering past them or
sunbathing. It is not for families to 'get out of the way'. The nudists should simply cover up.
There's a place for nudity ...BUT... it is certainly not on our main streets or beaches which families and children use.
Kapiti Coast District Council passed a Beach Bylaw in 2009 containing a clause: No person shall remain upon any part of the beach in deliberate view of others in such a state of undress as to cause offence.
A famous Parisian swingers club said to be a favourite haunt of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces closure for allegedly allowing prostitutes to operate on its premises.
Les Chandelles has been shut down temporarily and police have placed
three people under investigation on suspicion of highly organised pimping .
Les Chandelles - which translates as The Candles - is located adjacent to the Louvre on Paris' elegant L'Avenue de l'Opera. It is regarded as the most exclusive of
the French capital's 50 swingers' clubs and members are reputed to include Strauss-Kahn, celebrities and several politicians.
Admittance is only granted to the wealthy, famous or extremely good-looking. The club hosts risque dancers and the chance
to swap partners or indulge in group sex in lounge and private rooms.
But detectives believe the club is frequented by high-class prostitutes and have shut it down until further notice.
Les Chandelles, a well-known club for swingers in Paris has been closed down by the capital's police for one month, according to the French radio station France Info.
Police began an investigation following reports that former
footballer Alim Ben Mabrouk was involved in a prostitution ring at the Chandelles.
Subsequent surveillance revealed that genuine swingers tended to frequent the club at weekends while during the week some men appeared to be visiting the club with
prostitutes to avoid paying hotel bills.