Barcelona to Ban Public Nudity

So better get your streak on before it's too late

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 13, 2011 12:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – If you've ever had the urge to wander the streets of Barcelona wearing nothing but a camera and a smile, you might want to do it soon. Surprisingly, public nudity is perfectly acceptable in the city at the moment—but later this month, the city council is expected to approve a measure that will slap those who won't cover up with a $700 fine, the New York Times reports. A few people, most notably one man who enjoys an annual naked bike ride, have taken advantage of the city's lax stance on public nudity since 2004.

That was the year the city council subsidized a brochure titled "Expressing Yourself in Nudity," which noted that the law "does not contain any article for sanctions against public nudity" and that the city respected "the right of the citizenry to nudism." But, apparently, not anymore. A deputy mayor, however, explains that the proposed law is not really aimed at nudists but at those who dress improperly: "people going from the beach to the city, to museums and churches, in beach attire." (Click for a few reasons we should all consider going naked more often.)

Thousands volunteers pose nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, during Spanish exhibition, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.
Thousands volunteers pose nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, during Spanish exhibition, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.   (Getty Images)
Naked men cheer as they walk, 08 June 2003 after thousands volunteers posed nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.
Naked men cheer as they walk, 08 June 2003 after thousands volunteers posed nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.   (Getty Images)
Naked women stand, 08 June 2003 after thousands volunteers posed nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.
Naked women stand, 08 June 2003 after thousands volunteers posed nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.   (Getty Images)
A naked man holds up a naked baby, 08 June 2003 after thousands volunteers posed nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.
A naked man holds up a naked baby, 08 June 2003 after thousands volunteers posed nude for a controversial US photographer Spencer Tunick, at Maria Cristina avenue in Barcelona, 08 June 2003.   (Getty Images)
Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) silently protest naked in Sant Jaume Square in Barcelona, 21 January 2006. AFP PHOTO / CESAR RANGEL
Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) silently protest naked in Sant Jaume Square in Barcelona, 21 January 2006. AFP PHOTO / CESAR RANGEL   (Getty Images)
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