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).


  1. NotSafeForWork says

    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”.

  2. Billy says

    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.

  3. jpeckjr says

    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.

  4. GMB says

    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.

  5. peterparker says

    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.

  6. Bill says

    @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.

  7. Moz's says

    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.

  8. Moz's says

    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

  9. Chuck Mielke says

    Out of 27-odd posts I see three that go beyond knee-jerk reactions or moralistic prudery. Let’s give the youngster some credit and hope that, perhaps, he can cause some serious discussion about, well, whatever he wants the discussion to include.

  10. Albert says

    Come on, I’ve been in Bangkok, and what he’s described sounds like a live sex show to me. There’s no art value with this one, just exhibitionism. Hope his friend likes performing for an audience.

  11. tinkerbelle says

    This is kind of pathetic. That performance art (which I have generally been unable to tolerate as an art form) would come to this. What’s next ? Killing people for the sake of art ? Sounds like Divine in whatever that film was… “Who’s ready to die for art? I am? Bam…). Chris Burden already shot himself as performance “art” in the 80s, Marina Abramovic has already covered the sex thing, this sounds like pure exhibitionism, or as previously mentioned above, pornography. Which is now available everywhere, anytime. Just link to Chaturbate. And the guy is going to have to live with this forever. What if his artist life is a bust, it’s going to be hard to become a banker if you’re known for getting shtuped in the wazoo in public. Hope his artist career actually takes off.

  12. Endora says

    There are several guys on craigslist who have been looking for their first time, day after day for years some of them. I’ve often wondered if this is some kind of role play. Are these people really so bored with sex that they have to play games?

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