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Oakland is such a prude

By awoodall
Thursday, December 18th, 2008 at 8:23 pm in Fun Stuff to do in Oakland, Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

I came across this in Oakland’s municipal code while researching a story:
9.28.030 Prohibition against the display of female breasts. Every female is guilty of a misdemeanor who, while participating in any live act, demonstration, or exhibition in any public place, place open to the public, or place open to public view, or while serving food or drink or both to any customer:
A. Exposes any portion of either breast below a straight line so drawn that both nipples and all portions of both breasts which have a different pigmentation than that of the main portion of the breasts are below such straight line; or
B. Employs any device or covering which is intended to simulate such portions of the breast below such line; or, C. Wears any type of clothing so that any portion of such part of the breast may be observed.

9.28.040 Prohibition against display of private parts. Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who:
A. Exposes his or her private parts or buttocks, or employs any device or covering which is intended to simulate the private parts…, while participating in any live act, demonstration, or exhibition in any public place, place open to the public, or place open to the public view, or while serving food or drink or both to any customer; or, B. Permits, procures, or assists any person to so expose himself or herself, or to employ any such device.
This chapter does not apply to:
A. A theater, concert hall, or similar establishment which is primarily devoted to theatrical performances.

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2 Responses to “Oakland is such a prude”

  1. V Smoothe Says:

    It’s bad enough the pinball is against the law, but plunging necklines too? Wow.

  2. Max Allstadt Says:

    A couple of other gems:

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    9.08.080 Immoral dress.

    No lewd attire. Possibly understandable. But it also includes “No cross-dressing”. WTF?

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    9.08.130 Pornographic material–Possession in public places prohibited.

    You can’t even POSESS porn in public. Not even if nobody can see it. Better leave your laptops at home, boys!

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