Laws about Nudism:I frequently skinny dip in my back yard and would occassionally lay out and sunbathe naked, but I get scared that it is illegal and that neighbors will call the police so I never lay out more than about 10 minutes and I always have to be looking around in case I have to cover up. Is it legal to be naked in my own backyard on my own deck even if I am visible to the street and passersby?? Does anyone have a definaite legal answer on this...I live in a small town near Reading, Pennsylvania, USA??
Federal law: No federal US federal law that either allows or prohibits nudity. The courts have not ruled whether the right to engage in naturism is guaranteed by the Constitution under its freedom of expression provision. Thus, the legality of various forms of undress is currently left up to the individual states and localities to decide. Nudity is generally allowed in some areas of some national parks, unless local laws have overriding jurisdiction.
Title 18 Section 3127, Indecent Exposure.(a) Offense defined.--A person commits indecent exposure if that person exposes his or her genitals in any public place or in any place where there are present other persons under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm.(b) Grading.--If the person knows or should have known that any of the persons present are less than 16 years of age, indecent exposure under subsection (a) is a misdemeanor of the first degree. Otherwise, indecent exposure under subsection (a) is a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Title 18 Section 5901, Open lewdness. A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he does any lewd act which he knows is likely to be observed by others who would be affronted or alarmed.