A San Francisco lawmaker says he is open to introducing citywide legislation that could ban public nudity in response to an increase in the number of men who've taken to wearing cock rings in public.

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the city's Castro district, told The Bay Area Reporter that he is "considering" a legislative proposal on public nudity. "People can have whatever view they want to have on public nudity in general. But to be walking around with a cock ring on or something similar is just not acceptable, responsible behavior," Wiener, who is openly gay, told the publication. "The whole purpose of a cock ring is to draw attention to that area."

At present, San Francisco allows public nudity so long as an individual is not visibly sexually aroused, Pink News notes. Cock rings could be deemed a violation of the law as they are designed to help men maintain an erect penis, Wiener and others note in the Reporter article.

"There is a difference between being naked and making a political statement and then wearing jewelry that brings attention to one's genital areas," San Francisco police Sergeant Chuck Limbert, who is also gay, is quoted as saying. "We have been getting a lot more pressure from the community to do some enforcement in regard to the public nudity and what is going on up there. ...Wearing a cock ring, when you are aroused or getting aroused, that to me has kind of moved over or stepped out of the realm of being a political statement."

Instinct magazine even refers to the Castro neighborhood, which is seen as the center of the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population, as "Cock Ring Row."

In 2011, NBC reported that Wiener had introduced a bill requiring nudists to carry a towel to cover up public seating (for example, a seat on a bus) with a layer of protection such as a towel before sitting down, as well as prohibiting nudity in restaurants.

"San Francisco is a liberal and tolerant city, and we pride ourselves on that fact," Wiener said in a statement cited by HuffPost San Francisco. "Yet, while we have a variety of views about public nudity, we can all agree that when you sit down naked, you should cover the seat, and that you should cover up when you go into a food establishment."

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  • Pleasure Principle

    Gay and bisexual men over the age of 60 reported the highest rates of arousal (80.8% and 84% respectively), while men 18 to 24 were most likely to report "little or no pleasure during the event" (11.9%).

  • Home Is Where The Sex Is

    49.1% of respondents said they had had their last "sexual event" in their home and 28.6% had sex in their partner's home. 7.2% had sex in a hotel or motel, 3.7% in a public space, and 1.6% in a vehicle. Younger participants were more likely to have had sex in a vehicle and those over 40 and/or bisexual were more likely to have had sex in a hotel.

  • Partner Activities

    18% said they had sex with a boyfriend/partner, 19% with a casual/dating partner, and 17.3% with a friend.

  • Makes Mouths Happy

    The most common "sexual behavior" reported during the most recent "sexual event" was giving oral sex (75%), followed by kissing on the mouth (74.8%) and receiving oral sex (73.4%).

  • Anal Sex Not As Popular As You Might Think

    35.5% and 33.8% of participants engaged in receptive or insertive anal intercourse respectively. Receptive anal sex was most common among 18-24 year olds and insertive was most popular among 30-39 year olds.

  • The Pain Game

    5.9% of men reported "penile" pain when engaged in insertive anal sex (and of those who reported pain 82.3% said they only felt a "little") while 85.8% of those who had receptive anal sex said they felt little or no pain. Researchers also noted "The proportion of men reporting anal/rectal pain was less common among older age cohorts and pain was significantly more likely among men who self-identified as bisexual."

  • Condom Use

    32.9% of participants used a condom during their last "sexual event" and 45.5% who said they had anal sex reported using a condom.

  • Daddy's Little Helper

    11.2% of men said they had used an erectile medication while 3.6% said their partner did. Only 0.08% of men between 18 and 24 used the drugs while 23.6% of men above the age of 50 and 35.7% of men above the age of 60 said they had.

  • O Really?

    83.5% of respondents said they experienced an orgasm with those over 60 reporting the lowest percentages for achieving orgasm (72.9%). The study showed that men were "significantly more likely to report orgasm if their sexual partner was a relationship partner."

  • Combo Platter

    Most "sexual events" involved between five and nine different sexual behaviors. The most frequent combo (16.2%) included "holding their partner romantically, kissing partner on mouth, solo masturbation, masturbating partner, masturbation by partner, and genital-genital contact." 13.4% liked this version: "holding their partner romantically, kissing partner on mouth, masturbating partner, masturbation by partner, genital-genital contacting, giving oral sex, and receiving oral sex."

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