[ExI] texas county judge demands residents wear bananas

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Fri Apr 24 18:12:57 UTC 2020

On Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 10:39 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On 24/04/2020 13:35, SR Ballard wrote:
> > The government cannot make you buy something. - spike
> Not true. You are legally obligated (sic) to wear clothes in public or you
> will be a registered sex offender for the rest of your life.
> Whaaaat????
> How does being naked in public turn you into a sex offender??

Nudity, aka public indecency if you're not somewhere where being nude in
public is explicitly okay.  The "sex offender" might require being
somewhere specific, such as wandering around an elementary school naked
(while there are children present, so before or after the current
coronavirus lockdown).

I don't know about american law, but in blighty, there's an offence known
> as 'outraging public decency', and this can potentially be used against
> naked people, but often isn't. The obligation to wear clothes in public is
> more of a social norm than a legal thing. As it should be.

Part of the problem is turning social norms into laws, out of a reaction to
people who don't share said norms.

> This flabbergasts me almost as much as the idea of 'school police'.
> America appears to be a deeply weird place.

It is.  So's everywhere else, save the sliver of the world that any given
person deems "normal".  Parts of America view each other as weird - for
instance, the portions that accept (or at least tolerate) atheism vs. the
portions that very much do not.
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