Like a lot of 19-year-old virgins (gay or straight), Clayton Pettet is really concerned about losing it and has been thinking about his first time for the past three years. Unlike a lot of 19-year-old virgins, Pettet will not be able to endure this often awkward, rite of passage in the privacy of the back seat of a car or a college dorm room — he's going to lose his virginity in a gallery, because ... art.
Pettet is a gay, second year art student Central Saint Martins art school in London and the young man behind the project, "Art School Stole My Virginity" — a performance art piece that will feature Pettet and his friends engaging sex acts, including anal sex until Pettet's 19-year-old virginity is nothing but a memory. "The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance," he said, adding, "Basically it’s like I am losing the stigma around virginity."
Virginity means a lot of things to different people. For example, in there are a lot of teenage girls do what in what Pettet is gearing up to do and still consider themselves virgins. And there have been a couple of instances where women have sold their virginity online. A woman named Catarina Migliorini "sold" her for $780,000, back in 2012. A male virgin, as the Huffington Post reported, only got $3,000 for his. Pettet is presumably doing this for free.
And yeah, back to Pettet. There are a lot of gay non-virgins giving practical advice — explaining that a gay man's first can be messy (see: Santorum), painful, and not really all that conducive to a gallery setting. Upping the awkwardness factor, Pettet plans on having a Q&A afterward where you can ask him and his friends questions about the performance. "I can’t help but fall in love with the ignorance of people going to a live sex show-and I can assure it will be nothing like that," he writes. Pettet will lose his virginity on January 25, 2014.
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