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Male Art Student Plans To Lose Anal Virginity in Front of 100 People


The Daily Mirror reports on a 19 year old male student, Clayton Pettet, studying at Central Saint Martins art school in the UK who is planning to lose his anal virginity in a performance piece in order to “stimulate debate.” The piece, entitled, “Art School Stole My Virginity,” is set to be performed in front of 100 people this coming January. Pettet, who has reportedly planned the performance since he was 16, will have sex for the first time with a friend. Though controversy has erupted surrounding the performance, Pettet has defended his decision, emphasizing that his choice has been carefully considered:

“I've held on to my virginity for 19 years and I'm not throwing it away lightly.”

"I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate debate” [...]

"Virginity to me is conceptual and losing it as a performance piece is the way I have chosen to do that. But for a reason I haven't said the layout of the piece, the location of the piece, or what is actually going to happen.

"So for people comparing it to a live sex show, I can assure you it will be nothing like that."

You can visit Clayton’s tumblr HERE (warning: some images work-unfriendly).

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  1. Also, I really like attention.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 26, 2013 2:40:34 PM

  2. I hope he reads "Gay Anal Sex: How To Bottom Without Pain Or Stains" first. Otherwise the audience will look like the group at the Blueberry Pie Eating contest in "Stand By Me".

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 26, 2013 2:44:12 PM

  3. I'm dating an artist/art professor and he says that the majority of his young students (around this age) love to do things for sexual shock value, but usually keep their own clothes on. So attention-seeker or not (aren't most artists?) I guess you have to admire his commitment.

    Personally I think it's ridiculously stupid.

    Posted by: Billy | Oct 26, 2013 2:53:44 PM

  4. Kim Kardashian in the making

    Posted by: Name: | Oct 26, 2013 3:00:16 PM

  5. It won't be "conceptual" if you don't use enough lube that first time.

    And the thing Billy said about sexual shock value, it's only shocking to your parents and other virgins. Old guys like me just aren't all that shocked anymore.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Oct 26, 2013 3:00:43 PM

  6. That's sick, this person plus the friend (and the 100 watching) they all need therapy, if you need an explanation of why, you need therapy too

    Posted by: MArk | Oct 26, 2013 3:08:10 PM

  7. What's so shocking about this. hasn't anyone watched Sean Cody?

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Oct 26, 2013 3:15:19 PM

  8. He's been beaten to the punch by lots and lots of porn that tries to make the same claim.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 26, 2013 3:17:42 PM

  9. Losing one's virginity should be a natural act, not something staged. But he is within his right to do whatever he wants.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 26, 2013 3:19:32 PM

  10. I've been thinking about this since seeing the news yesterday, and as far as I'm concerned, it's fantastic. Yes, there actually are artists who use sex and sexuality to prompt insight and provocation, and until proven otherwise, I think we should take the guy seriously. Far more gay men I know lost their virginity on a drunken night they can barely remember. Who knows what this will *mean* to him -- but we should give him the opportunity to discuss exactly what it means and what it doesn't mean. I'm sure the audience members will have every possible kind of reaction, but in the era of free porn, shock is probably not going to be one of them.

    If anything, this is a deep riposte to the ideas presented by cheap and easy porn, where sex is primarily a voyeuristic experience with no thought of the actual consequence. To hear someone discuss his ACTUAL "before" and "after" might actually shock the audience into remembering that sex can actually change you.

    Bravo, I say.

    Posted by: GMB | Oct 26, 2013 3:46:13 PM

  11. A few years ago, I saw a piece of video art in London's Tate Modern in which a man and woman were having sex in a hotel room. It was only after I read the accompanying description of the work that I understood and appreciated what the artist had created. Apparently, her entire body of work was an exploration of the relationship between artist and collector.

    This particular piece began when she asked the gallery representing her to find a collector for this piece of work. Her only stipulation was that the collector be able to purchase the work and be willing to have sex with her on camera in order to create the work. Other than that, she had no input into the matter: no ability to choose (or refuse) the collector. She would not even know who the collector was until the person showed up at the appointed hour.

    I thought it was a fascinating commentary on the power dynamic between artist and collector (and gallery!) and the very personal nature of creating something intensely personal and then having a stranger take (buy) it.

    Hopefully, Clayton Pettet's "Art School Stole My Virginity" will be just as thought provoking and intriguing. Otherwise, it's going to be a little sad.

    Posted by: peterparker | Oct 26, 2013 3:49:28 PM

  12. They don't have Cam4 in England?

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 26, 2013 3:56:02 PM

  13. I'm sorry but this is not art

    Posted by: Will | Oct 26, 2013 4:33:01 PM

  14. Whatever. Performance artists are basically attention-seekers. And their craft is not art. I'm not impressed by any of this.

    Posted by: Jake | Oct 26, 2013 4:39:14 PM

  15. PeterParker - You're thinking of Andrea Fraser

    Posted by: Matt | Oct 26, 2013 4:45:38 PM

  16. There's no stupidity like adolescent stupidity.

    Posted by: Neil | Oct 26, 2013 4:48:58 PM

  17. How do we know he's really a virgin?

    Posted by: JeffNYC | Oct 26, 2013 5:08:59 PM

  18. Could not careless about him performing but the title of his piece should change because the school is not stealing his virginity.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Oct 26, 2013 5:13:21 PM

  19. "lose his anal virginity"

    Can't be done. "Virginity" is not a thing, and you can't lose it.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 26, 2013 5:19:06 PM

  20. Where are this young man's parents? his friends? anyone?

    Does he thing this wont be following him around for the next 50 years?

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Oct 26, 2013 5:34:10 PM

  21. @MArk: To paraphrase Lenin, you can't make art without breaking eggs.

    It takes some experience to learn the difference between being provocative or "edgy" and going too far.

    Of course, what he could be planning is to get people excited with all the hype and then, on the fateful day, show up wearing a "chicken" costume and bowing out,leaving people to debate their prurient interests in showing up at all. But I bet he didn't think of that angle.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 26, 2013 5:51:19 PM

  22. not art

    is his exhibitionist kink side if he carries it out

    if it is just attention seeking then all might be better off if he just self immolates in the middle of London. Few do it and none have done it in the middle of London.

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 26, 2013 6:21:35 PM

  23. better yet, he should go to egypt and self immolate on top of the great pyramid ( the one missing a cap stone = perfect stage)

    do it at the rising of the sun

    Now that would cause the entire world to talk and put him in the history books for sure

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 26, 2013 6:25:41 PM

  24. Been there. Done that. It ain't art.

    Posted by: Markt | Oct 26, 2013 6:59:34 PM

  25. Again I'm reminded why I can't stand artist types.

    Posted by: Bravo | Oct 26, 2013 7:56:16 PM

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