Here’s something I bet you didn’t know about Ashland…

I’m referring to Ashland, Oregon, naturally, and something I found out from this article (via Jack Bog) (emphasis mine):

Ashland city ordinances allow nudity anywhere in town, but genitalia must be covered in city parks and the downtown commercial district.

I was pretty surprised when I read that; I don’t remember a single naked person while in Ashland last year. But overall—that’s pretty crazy; I had no idea it was that liberal of a town.

You can bet I’ll be reading the Bend city code pretty closely the next few days to see what our local ordinances say about the subject.

(The article overall is about a fruitcake "activist" who likes to wander around around (nearly) nude, and the city of Ashland’s refusal to allow her to be in their Fourth of July parade. She’s claiming "discrimination" against her by the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, claims she’s "not trying to get attention" (riiiiiiiiight), and for good measure even throws in a hint of creepy pedophilia in there. Seriously, she sounds mental. I’d deny her, too.)


3 Replies to “Here’s something I bet you didn’t know about Ashland…”

  1. Pedophilia? Really, I didn’t read any hint of that.

    Whatever we might feel about nudity, it sounds to me like she might have a decent case. 🙂

  2. Near the end of the article, she’s quoted saying, "How dare they look at my body and teach their children to be ashamed of their bodies? I love children and would never do anything to hurt them."

    It just rubs me the wrong way–juxtaposing her adamant nude attitudes with love for children is just a little too… yeah.

  3. Hmm… okay

    But surely you can recognize that you’re making this connection, not her.

    She obviously feels that there should be nothing prurient about public nakedness. Given this feeling, I find it hard to believe she meant to convey anything sexual about her love of children.

    Peace, love, and all that stuff 🙂

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