Okay, so I'm watching the news tonight and there is a segment dealing with the Nude Bike rallies through Capital Hill and Freemont, and the demonstrators lathering it up in the International Fountain, and hanging out (no pun intended) in parks around the city after the ride.
Apparently the Seattle Parks Department feels things have gotten out of hand, and are attempting to limit the nude expression and they have ran into some angry naked folks. The report noted that all the different nude events are legal, and that in fact the Seattle Police Department has sent letters out explaining their limitations legally in dealing with the nude demonstrations and behavior.
Now, I had assumed, wrongly I now know, that the nude bike riders were simply sneaking into other planned events or parades to make their point. Nope, they are planned and permitted events by the city itself. You can check out the King 5 News piece at:
So, now it's gotten out of hand and they are wanting to ban nudity in public parks and on beaches. Well kudos for that, it's really not the healthiest societal plan to allow mass nudity next to our kid's swing set, but my question is, "Why would they even think that would actually benefit our community in the first place?"
The report noted that:
In Seattle it's illegal to flash someone but perfectly legal to run around nude.
"The bare facts of the law are that if you knowingly show yourself
naked with the intent to alarm and offend people that's illegal, said
Sergeant Sean Whitcom, of the Seattle Police Department. "Just being
nude is not against the law."
It seems to me that most forms of public demonstration that are radically counter-cultural -do- intend to alarm and offend people's sensibilities, that's why they do it. This is no different.Now I realize that most of the Seattle participants will vehemently disagree with me, but I can't even imagine why it was ever allowed in the first place. It comes down to asking ourselves the questions about what behaviors most benefit the whole community, I just don't see how a bunch of naked people frolicking in the fountain at Seattle Center, riding their bikes through the city, or turning public beaches into nude beaches adds to who we are as a whole.
***NEWS FLASH*** as I am typing, King 5 news just said the city council delayed the vote on banning the nudity because not enough people were upset…
Man, what ever happened to civic leaders actually leading!
What do you think..