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
San Jaime square in Barcelona, Spain.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

(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.)

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Apr 13, 2011 5:15 PM CDT
Damn!!! And here I am sitting naked on this plane heading towards Barcelona.
Apr 13, 2011 2:38 PM CDT
That's stupid. When I was on honeymoon with my wife in Barcelona, others being nude on the beach was the norm. Old guys, old ladies, young people, all sorts of people were wandering around nude and there was nothing awkward or tasteless about it. The types that impose these laws are the same idiots who think that the naked body is something to be ashamed of. It's not. We all have the same parts and if there weren't a weird and ingrained massive taboo on certain body parts, we wouldn't be worrying about this stuff in the first place. If someone wants to go topless at a beach, that's their prerogative. If it's been that way for a while, there's no sense in stepping backwards and introducing more laws. Also, contrary to what some people here seem to think, people aren't just wandering around the streets nude in Barcelona. The only naked people I saw in my whole five-day-long stay were at the beach.
Apr 13, 2011 1:17 PM CDT
So you got to dress up to go to church??? WOW, i thought Religion was about a higher power, not what you wear. NO MORE CHURCH FOR POOR PEOPLE!