Gay UK Art Student Will Lose Virginity in Live Sex Show

“Gay UK Art Student Will Lose Virginity in Live Sex Show

Clayton Pettet (pictured), a 19-year-old student at the prestigious Central Saint Martins art school in London, plans to lose his virginity in front of a group of 50-100 spectators as part of an art project.

According to multiple reports, Pettet and a friend will engage in safe anal intercourse until completion on January 25, 2014 in a gallery in the London borough of Hackney. Afterwards, the pair will ask the audience for feedback about the encounter. Pettet says the project will be a work of performance art and has titled it “Art School Stole My Virginity.”

Pettet, who claimed to HuffPost UK that he hasn’t yet told his parents about the project, said he intends to challenge traditional views on sexuality and virginity:

“The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance.

“I’ve held on to my virginity for 19 years, and I’m not throwing it away lightly. Basically it’s like I am losing the stigma around virginity.

“I want the audience to see if anything has changed between me and my partner.

“Since culturally we do hold quite a lot of value to the idea of virginity I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate interesting debate and questions regarding the subject.”

Some LGBT activists have slammed Pettet’s upcoming deflowering, saying that his project cheapens sex and reinforces arguments made by opponents of equality. Rev. Sharon Ferguson of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, said,

“I’m not quite sure how that’s art. My view is that we believe that all sexuality is a gift from God.

“It’s about what you do with it and how we use it is an expression of our love for God.
For my imagining in sex as an art form, I don’t think this falls into that category.

“My issue is around is this the right expression of someone’s bodily sexuality? As an art project in front of an audience, where is the love, respect and mutuality in that?

“Stunts like this cheapens our own sexual relationships.”

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I found this really interesting and for weeks I brought it up in conversation with literally everybody and anybody willing to discuss it with me. I was really interested in how people reacted to it and one observation I noted was that everyone I spoke to about it assumed that he would be being anally penetrated, when I questioned this assumption the general response was relating to virginity and that in order for that to be lost penetration must happen. My question then was around the idea that heterosexual men generally aren’t penetrated so does that therefore mean they don’t loose their virginity?

For me it boils down to the motivation and the cultural value of the performance.
Those things are spelled out by the artist and well planned it would seem.
Will it be as big as a block buster movie? Probably not. But the fact that people are talking about it, debating it’s very nature, just enhances the fact that this is having an impact. It’s holding up a mirror to culture and facilitating a discussion about cultural norms. That’s exactly the point and that’s what makes it art.
Lots of comments diminishing it’s purpose with remarks about it not being and simply being pornographic are interesting to me. Fair enough
“Making out behind a bush in a park is not art, right?”
Well, what if you’re straight and doing it with 500 other couples, with media coverage, to protest police discriminating against LGBT people for public displays of affection? Is that art? Calling sex a “gift from God” is nothing special. Nor is referring to the ability to draw, or sing, or sculpt, or dance, or teach. Yes people can can train to acquire some of those skills, but no matter how you dress it up there’s a difference between Mozart and Britney.
Art is in the eye of the beholder and if the artist makes a legitamate case as to why performance is art then it is the viewers job to come to the piece and make intelligent and considered criticism of that piece as art. Not to smother it with our judgment.

In relation to my project this is something that is directly influential if not in it’s purpose as a piece of art itself in the sense that it has aroused such immense public debate.
My intire interest revolves around humans and their bahviour, how social norms can be a factor in this and attempting to unpick and understand the human being and all that is complex in us.

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