What’s Wrong with Public Nudity?

If you want to understand Leftism — and everyone needs to because it has been the most dynamic religion of the last one hundred years — one good place to start is with San Francisco.

Or perhaps more precisely — with nudity.

And even more precisely — with public nudity.

Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted by the barest (pun not intended) margin — 6 to 5 — to ban public nudity. By public nudity, the law refers only to displaying one’s genitals in public. San Francisco women are still free to walk around topless. But that is not unique to San Francisco. Years ago, the highest court in New York state ruled that since it sees no difference between a man’s chest and a woman’s, women should be free to walk around topless, just as men do.

Now why is all this significant?

Leftism seeks to undo most of the values that are distinct to Judeo-Christian religions. That is why the left has always been so anti-religious and especially anti-Christian. Karl Marx understood that a vibrant leftism and a vibrant Christianity could not coexist. He was right.

Two of the many areas of conflict between Judeo-Christian values and leftism concern the separation between the holy and the profane and separation between humans and animals.

The essence of the Hebrew Bible — as transmitted by Christianity — is separation: between life and death, nature and God, good and evil, man and woman and between the holy and the profane.

The reasons to oppose public nudity emanate from this Judeo-Christian list of separations.

When human beings walk around with their genitals uncovered, they are behaving in a manner indistinguishable from animals. A major difference between humans and animals is clothing; clothing separates us from — and in the biblical view, elevates us above — the animal kingdom.

Seeing any animal’s genitals is normal. Anyone who demanded that animals’ genitals be covered would be regarded as a nut by the most religious Jew or Christian.

But one of our human tasks is to elevate us above the animal. And covering our genitals is one important way to do that.

The world of the left generally finds this animal-human distinction unnecessary. For years now, I have been reading article after article in major liberal newspapers and magazines about how much more alike humans and animals are than we ever thought. The theme of these articles is how narrow the differences really are between humans and animals.

Public nudity certainly forwards that theme.

The second reason to oppose public nudity also comes from the list of separations: the concept of the holy, or sacred.

For the left, little is sacred — certainly little in the ways that Jewish and Christian civilization has usually understood the term.

That is why an “artist” achieved cult-like status in the left-wing cultural world with a depiction of a crucifix in a jar of his urine. The crucifix is sacred to hundreds of millions of people — I will pee on it. Or why a major European art award was given to a German artist for his sculpture of a policewoman crouching and urinating (a puddle of her urine was sculptured beneath her). Whatever Judeo-Christian convention held sacred, true believing leftists have sought to desacralize.

The San Francisco Examiner reported about one of the protesters at the San Francisco Supervisors vote:

“As he pulled his pants up, a nudist named Stardust said the legislation sent the wrong message. ‘It’s telling people they should be ashamed to be naked, and that’s totally wrong,’ he said.”

But to those who believe in Judeo-Christian values, telling people to be ashamed about being naked in public is not totally wrong. It’s the whole point.

The first thing Adam and Eve discovered after eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was that they were naked. And the first emotion they ever experienced was shame over their nudity.

San Francisco, America and the west are going to have to choose whether Stardust or the Bible is right. By one vote San Francisco decided in favor of the Bible. But a judge, who may well have Stardust’s values, is yet to rule.

And it’s hard to see why a liberal judge would not rule the law unconstitutional. Because the fact is that there is no secular reason to ban public nudity.

  • Bill

    Not only does every one of the Commandments get challenged but new ones get substituted, e.g. the one against envy is substituted by one against greed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/walter.mattson.39 Walter Mattson

    Very good article. I believe it is a left/right issue and agree that the judges on the left will embrace nudity while the right will oppose it.

  • Jean-luc Picard

    Why is it almost always those people who wish to run around without clothes are the last people one would wish to see naked.

    • william_stanley

      Maybe Obama should provide government provided mirrors so they can see themselves before they leave home.

  • Brian

    It’s called a public health issue. You want someone sitting by you in a restaurant or on public transportation who is nude and may or may not have washed their hands? Or do you want a person working in a restaurant, fast food place, or grocery store handling food who is nude? You want drivers passing by a bunch of nude people that distracts them and causes them to lose focus and hit pedestrians? Liberal logic at its finest.

  • cmacrider

    Dennis: I suggest that the postmodern Left’s agenda is to banalize everything from sexual taboos to virtues. This process of banalization gradually turns individuals who are attempting to excel , live authentic lives, and lives filled with projects they themselves consider worthwhile into malleable “mass men”. These masses are infinitely more malleable as they lack the self esteem to “dare to use their own Reason.” (Immanuel Kant)

  • AllenJ

    Public nudity is a non-issue for virtually everyone except for a few nuts in San Fran. It isn’t a left-right issue. Don’t make it into something it isn’t. Let’s get back to real issues.

  • RickonhisHarleyJohnson

    Great article, Dennis. If man and all other animals are no different, someone needs to explain why man advances generation to generation. No other animal on our planet does. We learn from our prior generations, animals don’t. It’s why apes still poke sticks in holes to retrieve ants for dinner.