I attended the Fremont Summer Solstice Fair yesterday and had a blast… lots of sun, hippies, drinks, and fun. I actually sadly missed the nude bicyclists, but I did see about a thousand of them in Portland last weekend.
I do have a question though: As much as I like naked bicyclists, isn’t it against the law? Do the police just not enforce nudity laws on one day of the year because their is too many people doing it? This doesn’t make much sense to me: what if a local UFC team decided to have a “Fight Club” parade and walked down the road punching people? Would the police not enforce assault laws either? Hmm… that may not be the best example since no one is physically injured by nudity- though viewing some of the older, plumper cyclists may cause intestinal distress lol.
Nudity is something that I’m all in favor of, but I think that the law should be changed rather than just have the police selectively enforce it. I understand the concept of passive protest, but these naked cyclists should still be arrested and pushed through the court system. Then if nudity is something that should be allowed, people can campaign to change the law.
Some individuals were arguing on the SeattlePI website that nude cycling was a form of “freedom” that people who want freedom from the government in other areas always seem to oppose. I disagree with this viewpoint: I want the freedom to spend my money as I please, but these same people who want free nudity also want my money to sponsor their government handout programs.
Oregonian judges have made the best argument for public nude bicycling: they claim it is a form of “protected expression”. Basically, that the bicyclists nudity is a political statement and thus covered under free speech. I am a bit skeptical of this, but it certainly makes more sense than things I’ve heard.
What do you think? Is it joyful free-swinging wangs or unlawful conduct flaunting order & justice?