We’ve seen stories over the years where teenage girls have auctioned off their virginity for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. But this is a new one.
Clayton David Pettet, a 19-year-old from Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, has announced he will lose his virginity in a live performance at an art gallery. The art student says he has planned the controversial event for April 2, 2014 at The Orange Dot in London.
Pettet reportedly plans to have sex with an anonymous male partner. He announced his project, dubbed “Art School Stole My Virginity,” last year claiming that it’s part of the questioning of the social relevance and significance of virginity.
Huffington Post has more on Pettet’s lascivious performance:
“When all my peers at school were losing their Virginity it was incredibly hard for me to ask why I was still a Virgin and why it meant so much to the people all around me,” Pettet writes on his tumblr. “My piece isn’t a statement as much as it is a question. The whole aspect of Virginity was incredibly emotional for me and has been ever since.”
Pettet previously described virginity as an “abstract” idea built up by modern society. Male virginity, in his opinion, is even more abstract, given the fact that there is no breaking of the hymen. In an interview with The Daily Star, he expressed hope that the loss of his own virginity would “stimulate interesting debate and questions regarding the subject.”
“This idea becomes more complex when one considers all types of sexual relations,” he wrote on his original tumblr. “Men and men, women and women? Virginity has almost become heteronormative in its definition… When is the moment of loss for a human male? And is virginity even real, for women and men? Or is it just an ignorant word that was used to dictate the value of a woman’s worth pre marriage?”
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In a press release, The Orange Dot stated that Pettet’s project will take two forms — the live, staged sex performance available to 150 ticket-holders, as well as a two-day exhibition of the artist’s more permanent works (such as his photographic study of the female orgasm, “Whoregasm”). There will also be a Q&A session held after the performance on April 2, during which audience members can reveal “what they thought” of the art.
WARNING: Explicit video.