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Gay Art Student Will Lose His Virginity In Front Of An Audience For Project

My college-level art class projects involved lots of sketching fruit in charcoal on various mediums. One of 19-year old Clayton Pettet's art projects will involve losing his anal sex virginity in a performance art piece in front of a live audience. Did I attend the wrong school?

Clayton (pictured above) will perform "Art School Stole My Virginity" on January 25, 2014. In the piece, he plans to bottom for the first time with a close friend taking the top. 

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

He adds:

"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."

Critics include the U.K.'s Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, whose spokesperson Rev. Sharon Ferguson says that Clayton's gallery performance "cheapens our own sexual relationships."

What do you think of Clayton's upcoming show?

(h/t: Huffpo)



The true reality is he desperately wants attention, end of story.

yep hipster BS.


Quite simply is brave beyond most and I look forward to great reviews.

It is very brave. I don't believe this has ever been done. It will be a one of a kind piece. I love this courageous decision.

Your first time getting fucked sucks. I'm sure there are naturals out there. But for most of us, it's a mess. I just hope someone taught this kid about douching. 

yep, he's got 'chocolate pop' written all over him.


"I've held on to (my virginity) for 19 years," he says, as though it was really hard for him to resist fucking someone for those first 13 or so.... 

Sorry kid. This isn't original, it isn't meaningful, it's not particularly good, and it definitely ain't art

Now, maybe if you were being raped by an obese black man wearing a Ted Cruz mask while "Ride of the Valkyries" plays.... Hold up, I think I know what I'm submitting to the next Armory show... 

Better have an experienced bottom teach him how to douche properly,  otherwise may turn out to be a very "Shitty"  peice of art!

I applaud you Clayton.  Bring into the light the true act of a one time performance.  

It is truly amazing to bring into question the morals of the Victorian era still hovering over a community in 2013.  Virginity is simply a humbled colloquial phrase for having never. This has nothing to do with intimacy and everything to do with art.  I find that this has nothing to do with the question that revolve around sex and sexuality but that rather of the human and the change in perception and mental status before and after.

Truly truly well done.  Art is not simply the product more so the process. You are unique and I welcome your vision in this world of cynics.  

I think this is incredibly brave.  As a concept, I totally get it.  His apparent intentions & purpose for this are really interesting.  I applaud his point of view & boldness.  In theory this is a daring & smart.

I hope that he has the maturity to keep this in it's place & doesn't later regret it, or suffer shame based on others opinions.  He is likely to hear a lot of negativity, possibly from people he cares about.

I really hope that he is more than an exhibitionist with a need for attention, or a victim of abuse with esteem issues, crying for help.  That would be terribly sad.

I guess it remains to be seen whether he, or his partner will suffer performance anxiety.  This could all go limp (pun intended).

If this is as pure as it seems to be, it's genius.  Good luck!


I hope he remembers what my mom told me, "It might hurt the first time"

Anyone know if there will be a video of the event? He's cute ...

Good for you buddy... Go for it be proud of what you do... Express yourself and be a role model for young and upcoming artists....

On one Hand as an artist, i totally get it... however... on the other... I don't necessarily believe full heart-idly that people do a live sex performance art show for much other than "Shock and Awe" attention. 

1) you probably arn't going to notice a "change" that quick, they're going to get off, it will be over, and everyone will go home either aroused or grossed out.,

2) when it's all stripped away it's just 2 people having public sex for you to watch. I really doubt his message is going to be nearly as strong as he assumes it will

I think both of your points have highlighted the point of the piece in its entirety.  That is to say, the conversation evoked brings into the light the non importance of "virginity." Is it truly just something that is not as strong as we would hope to perceive it?

meh, I don't think you need %^#@ in front of a live audience to make it thought provoking... the guy's only 19... he's hardly lived or for that matter been out on his own yet. It screams "im different and i want to shock everyone and get my name out there. Here let me perpetuate the stereo type and of course do something sexual... because, let's face it.. being gay means we're all sexual deviants... (no no we are not) If he wants to be creative with sex... look at Black Spark's music videos.. that essentially combines music, film making and pornography and actually make something kinda beautiful. 

It just honestly sorta seems like a bs artistic response to be able to do essentially what you want to do in public.

Bottoming for the first time... In front of people? Oh, he's in for something alright. 

Sick and silly and gives Gay people a bad name.

What gives gay people a bad name is calling this sick and silly and then identifying it as "gay." I see this as sex, a human act, not gay not straight not black not white, sex between to human beings.  Sex amongst animals is not dolphin sex, or monkey sex.  Labeling anything gives anything a bad name.

no, its gay


Bitch please. Gay media and culture make everything about sex, all the damn time. Now some idiot kid is making his art education into being about sex. That is a very, VERY "gay" thing to do.

So, Rygar, what YOU'RE saying is "straight" media rarely, if ever, makes everything about sex.  Crawl out of the cave you grew up and live in and open your eyes.  All media, period, makes everything about sex.  Quite some audacity you have for calling it a "gay" thing to do.  Bitch, please - grow up.

Then being gay is pretty fricken brilliant.

yeah....  i don't think this is that awe inspring or brilliant.

Human Sexuality is beautiful, and we shouldn't be ashamed of it. However all communities are sexually active and have there own "mating rituals" if you will..

this performance (as a gay artist myself) just screams "attention" to me, i don't think he's old enough or mature enough to properly handle the topic at hand. He's making it all about virginity.. which really most people know is a crock anyway. It's really not that thought provoking. 

If by brilliant you mean vapid and predictable, then... okay.

haha i agree.. 

Oh look another nude sexual piece of art from a gay man.. whooot somebody throw confetti.. first time i've ever heard or seen that. Oh what? there's arousal involved? cross dressing? whips and chains? Body paint? Oh i've never seen that before. How brilliant!

I think ultimately art is in the eye of the beholder. Some people might not view it as such but I have to agree with the artist on this, it is a once in a lifetime performance - he's taking it seriously. I applaud him. 

Gay or straight sex isn't something to be ashamed of. We hide sex, as a culture in general we put a stigma on it that simply should not be there. I genuinely hope the future generation coming up is able to crack some of this because it's not healthy for our society. It leads to lack of education and fear to ask thing when uncertain. This only adds to the numbers of sexually transmitted diseases and the fear that people will judge you when something does happen.

I think it is a brave thing to do. The only problem I see is that the first time is not something that should be a public event. That is a frightening experience. Not only is it happening for the first time but you don't know how you will feel during. I do however feel like this is a creative idea. Just may be to.

I want to watch.

I have to agree with the artist.  It is the epitome of unique art--it can never be repeated or will most definitely inspire all sorts of feelings, which is at its heart, the meaning of art.  I'm sure there will be discomfort, embarassment, excitement, fear--it actually sounds not just like art...but like great art.

As an artists am I thrilled and completely behind a piece of work that makes people think or rethink. As a gay man it seems a bit sensation. Just proving that gay men are nothing more then our sexuality.

Isn't porn considered first amendment free speech? Isn't art viewed in the same vein? I don't see anything wrong with it, and doing something like this as performance art is just that, performance art. I like how Clayton has a message to this, trying to bring down or change the vision of what we think of in virginity.

I think there are some things that should be held private and should be cherished. Just my humble opinion, but to me it cheapens the act of intimacy. 

I have been on your side of the argument in times past and perhaps may still pitch my tent in the same camp but this opportunity to bend the norms seems interesting in that the young man is not on the same parameter of "intimacy" as are those of us from the "old school" and I think that's the crux of the act. 

What I want to know is, where can I stream it live?

Cool.  Go for it!

Go for it. Art is art. It is meant to express something the artist wants to say and trigger some sort of reaction. It's serving it's purpose beautifully. We can make personal value judgments on it all we want, but it doesn't change anything. Good art, bad art, weird art, whatever, its all art. 


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