Laws on Public Nudity in Spain

As there seem to be alot of topics being posted on here about the laws in various countries and territories, I thought I'd add this one.
According to the Spanish Constitution made in 1978 (article 18), "one has the right to have one's own image and clothing, or the absence there of". Therefore in public spaces, you can be nude and still within the law - it is a constitutional right.
There are laws against Exhibitionism and Sexual provocation, which prohibit you being naked in front of minors or the mentally handicaped AND there has to be sexual intention. Now, if we are true nudists, the sexual intention should not be there anyway!
There used to be old laws against Public Indencency in the penal code, but these have been repealed.
So, all in all, you can be nude where ever you like and no one can say anything!
However, I would still be careful about going to the supermarket without anything on!

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As there seem to be alot of topics being posted on here about the laws in various countries and territories, I thought I'd add this one. According to the Spanish Constitution made in 1978 (article 18), "one has the right to have one's own image and clothing, or the absence there of". Therefore in public spaces, you can be nude and still within the law - it is a constitutional right. There are laws against Exhibitionism and Sexual provocation, which prohibit you being naked in front of minors or the mentally handicaped AND there has to be sexual intention. Now, if we are true nudists, the sexual intention should not be there anyway! There used to be old laws against Public Indencency in the penal code, but these have been repealed. So, all in all, you can be nude where ever you like and no one can say anything! However, I would still be careful about going to the supermarket without anything on!

Unfortunately the US law is based on French & English Common Law

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Hi Cheri
Isn't it a shame that there are so many places with draconian laws :-(

here is to the future!

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As there seem to be alot of topics being posted on here about the laws in various countries and territories, I thought I'd add this one. According to the Spanish Constitution made in 1978 (article 18), "one has the right to have one's own image and clothing, or the absence there of". Therefore in public spaces, you can be nude and still within the law - it is a constitutional right. There are laws against Exhibitionism and Sexual provocation, which prohibit you being naked in front of minors or the mentally handicaped AND there has to be sexual intention. Now, if we are true nudists, the sexual intention should not be there anyway! There used to be old laws against Public Indencency in the penal code, but these have been repealed. So, all in all, you can be nude where ever you like and no one can say anything! However, I would still be careful about going to the supermarket without anything on!

Unfortunately the US law is based on French & English Common Law


That is true - up to a point Cheri. The very early migrants (Pilgrim Fathers etc) took with them the laws of their respective countries, however, since the migrants themselves were, for want of a better word, Puritans and highly zealous - a group of people who viewed England and other European countries as 'middens of moral turpitude' and 'beyond redemption', (in other words, not buying into the way the Puritans thought the general population should live) - the original common law was significantly amended and added to - both during the long voyage and during the early years of settlement.

If one can be bothered to look at the annuls of groups such as the Plymouth Brethren and some of the more obscure diarists of the time prior to the departure of the Mayflower and other vessels it appears notable that these 'puritan' groups were steadily moving further and further away from mainstream society to avoid 'sinful contamination' of the 'flock'. As with all insular social subgroups a communal 'paranoia' appears to have developed based upon little more than the fact that the bulk of the population did not take their message of 'obey or be eternally damned' seriously.

A small group viewed the 'New World' as an opportunity to begin afresh - with a set of laws heavily influenced by holy writ - Cannon Law and Common Law crudely hammered together. The problem was how to sell the arduous journey and subsequent privations to the less zealous of the congregation. Well, nothing causes group cohesion like an outside threat and so, using their already created isolationism plus the fact that at public meetings there tended to be some animosity from the audience when preached at and told that they were all bad people, that they should stop having fun and wear heavy unflattering clothes, a persecution complex was cleverly crafted which brought a significant number of waiverers into the fold - herded by their own fears.

So, we now have a group of scared manipulable people lead by some disaffected paranoid obsessives setting sail across the Atlantic. Lots of hymn singing, much prayer, much reading from the bible as the approved book for the cruise and, the only other activity in the cramped conditions was - making and modifying laws for their new land. The human body was deemed sinful - as far as anyone can guess this attitude stemmed from Genesis and the incautious partial consumption of one apple because "the snake made me do it" - not the strongest defence to mitigate behaviour but good enough for the expedition leaders.- all of whom were male incidentally - who joyfully seized upon the notion of Eve as the cause of original sin and therefore all the subsequent trouble in the world.

An unclothed female body would inflame the senses of man and cause his downfall as Eve caused the downfall of Adam' (I paraphrase but you get the drift). All women were considered 'Daughters of Eve' and obliged to cover up (save for face and hands) at all times in all weathers. A trace of rouge upon a lip and a woman was branded 'a painted Jezebel' for life. (for more on Jezebel see the Old Testament - readers may also care to reference 'the Whore of Babylon, under plain wrapper from John the Divines work - Revelations - original title 'When the Cosmic Caca hits the Fan'). The penalties for failing to conform to the minutia of the Puritan code was expulsion from the community - that's no small threat to people living in a hostile country and so the 'new laws' were enforced by tangible fear of death by privation. Gotta love the Puritans - why get your hands dirty when the wolves and bears will do it for you - plus you can be pious and say it was the will of a greater power.

Eventually laws become social mores (pronounced morayys) from which we get the word 'morals' - given the above, do the math yourselves and form your own conclusions regarding the American Law on nudity. As I have said, and proved, many times it is not illegal under common law to be nude in public in England - BUT it is if it is done as part of a lewd or indecent display, or done with intent to insult, or is liable to cause distress, alarm or a breach of the peace then it becomes so.

Love n stuff
Rudie
x

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Thank you, Snakebyte. Very informative.

Jen

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Snakebite/Martin -I see the nudist federation has brought the Cadiz Ayuntamiento to book over its law prohibiting nudity on the beach nearby (I think the Cadiz-San Fernando beach) at the start of this month. While the law is on our side it is always best to be prudent.

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