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Gay art student set to lose his virginity in public

POSTED: Mon 28 October 2013

A gay art student has sparked outrage over plans to lose his virginity in front of a crowd of 100 people - in the name of art.

The Daily Mail reports: 'Clayton Pettet, 19, said he will have gay sex for the first time in a gallery for a project entitled 'Art School Stole My Virginity'.

'He said his 'performance art project' - followed by a question and answer session - will challenge the idea of sexuality.

'He is planning for his first full sexual encounter is set to take place before an audience of between 50 and 100 in a space in Hackney, London.

'Clayton and his partner will have protected sex and then ask the audience what they thought of the performance.

'Clayton, who has been planning the event for three years, said: "The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance. 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."'

http://www.midlandszone.co.uk/news.asp?thisId=5631&thisName=Gay-art-student-set-to-lose-his-virginity-in-public&newsindx=National-News&idxid=5

 

This is pretty damn shocking and Clayton and his partner are pretty brave if they go through with it. While I understand what Clayton's trying to achieve, I don't think you can really present an honest look at how a couple may change after an intimate moment by doing it in public like that. Unless they both can truly forget the audience is there (unless they don't care the audience is there), then things could turn out very bad for what should be a special next step in their relationship. 

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I'm honestly lost for words...

How do I react to something like this? Sex in public is not a regular occurrence (as far as I'm aware, anyway...), no matter which sexuality the participants were, it'd shock me. I don't know what to say.

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Sounds like a special snowflake attempting to whore attention from voyeuristic creeps to me.

 

I would think that if he considers sex and the loss of virginity to be so special and such a transcendent experience, he'd keep it to where that experience is supposed to be valued - Between the two people involved in it in private.

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Gay sex. In public. 19 years old.

I'm done.

 

Any sex at all in public. This would bother me just as much as if he was straight and I suspect many people will feel the same way.

 

I don't get it, not at all and I don't support the idea. To me it just looks like someone begging for attention.

Edited by SkyDoge

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Is there a problem with those parts?

Here we go again.

I am sensitive towards sex, ok?

Anyways, this public sex for some 'art project' is just... F---ed up.

Edited by SnipSnap

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Any sex at all in public. This would bother me just as much as if he was straight and I suspect many people will feel the same way.

 

I don't get it, not at all and I don't support the idea. To me it just looks like someone begging for attention.

Yeah, I'd find it crazy no matter what kind of sex it was, and it would seem like he's just someone begging for attention, but he says he's been planning this for 3 years, apparently. 

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I am sensitive towards sex, ok?

 

You're sensitive towards the method of which most are brought into this world? ...Okay, everyone's different... but if so is the case, wouldn't you avoid such topics?

 

 

As for my view on the matter... the age and genders I could care less about, but public sex... ugh. All of it just comes off as 'whore-like' to me, no matter the 'reason' for it.

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Yeah, I don't support "public sex" at all.  I'm not saying sex should only be a private thing locked up for only you and your partner to awkwardly discuss, but you shouldn't forcefully expose others to it, either.  As someone else already stated, that's true regardless of your orientation.

 

So um... no.  Just no.

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You're sensitive towards the method of which most are brought into this world? ...Okay, everyone's different... but if so is the case, wouldn't you avoid such topics?

No, like what KIND of sex is what i don't like. Just kissing is, ok. But. Something that is like... Well something that you see in porn is what i have a problem against...

And i am giving my thoughts, like "are you kidding me?!"

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This is...pretty bizarre. 

 

What I previously typed really came across as ignorant, I didn't really read into it much.

 

I don't have a problem with this, but it's just coming across as really..."look at me, I'm an ARTIST." 

Needy bullshit.

Edited by MadDocAzure

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Well... I do wonder where this stands legally. Is there any way to avoid arrests for this? I would think this would class as indecent exposure just about anywhere.

He's got a really clever idea behind this overall, as he's basically trying to illustrate that there's actually nothing important about virginity and it's even more arbitrarily valued than a person's age.

This also shows how greatly varied the term art really is, rather than just referring to visual works. I will definitely give him credit for really pushing the boundaries of what it means to be artistic. Most modern forms of art don't really interest me at all (honestly if a meteorite flattened a modernist sculpture gallery in the middle of the night, I would probably praise God for His most magnanimous gift unto my eye sockets), but I can see some appeal in this; he's working to demystify virginity and sexual relations by extension.

What I'm really curious about is if this will be a ticketed show or one that he'd just spontaneously do. I'm hoping the former; that way only people who wanted to see it will, in which case I have no problem with it. Consent is an awesome thing!

Edited by Ogil.exe Maurice

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'Clayton, who has been planning the event for three years, said: "The key thing about performance art is that it should only be performed once, and this is the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime performance. 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."'

 

Oh frickity frack, performance art. I've been through art school, specifically as a fine arts student, and was forced to sit through numerous perforamance bullshit like this during critiques. Twenty fucking minutes of people who can't cut it either as actors or artists pissing around and presenting bullshit statements about society or culture or (gag me) the "language of art." Look, maybe the kid has a point with whatever he's doing, and good for him he's found someone willing to have something so personal be put on display. I suppose it can be considered "brave" but all I'm seeing is more of the same bullshit "shock art" every idiot in art school tries to shove out (I still have unforunately vivid memories of a performance piece in which someone rolled around on the floor for twenty minutes and threw up--yes, this was a piece for class. Don't get me wrong, the guy is nice enough as a person, doesn't mean I care for his work, a mutual feeling everyone in my class had about me).

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Not the weirdest thing to show up in art galleries (what about corpses?) but certainly takes some guts to do it. Modern art is a highly silly world in general. I don't think outrage is justified, though, considering it is in a designated space with limited potential viewers, disclosed ahead of time. Oh and that all-important fact: it doesn't fucking hurt anybody. Kinda important to factor that in.

This is more or less my view. I don't think he and his partner are just going to waltz in, strip naked, and proceed. This sounds like it's going to be as planned, scheduled, and knowingly attended just the same as any exhibit or show. If people want to see two people making love... well, more power to them, I guess. That's the whole idea of this it looks like, to try and break the many taboos on sex by forcing us to re-evaluate if they hold any value, or if we just follow them because it's how society's always been.

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I'm very surprised by the news but I do greatly respect to the fella and his boyfriend although I'm unsure what's going to happen in legal terms though. Public sex is the idea that everybody does not approve of so it is risky. Interesting to watch though.

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