This piece first appeared on The Arty Semite blog at the Forward.
Unlike most people, London art student Clayton Pettet knows the exact date he will lose his virginity. That’s because he’s planning on losing it in a live performance of homosexual sex on January 25, 2014.
Pettet, who is Jewish and told The Daily Beast about his bar mitzvah and Israeli relatives, has managed to generated a great deal of advance publicity for his “Art School Stole My Virginity” performance piece.
The buzz around the show increased when the 19-year-old was arrested in November for painting graffiti advertising it on a London railway bridge. “It was so embarrassing,” Pettet, a student at the prestigious University of the Arts London – Central Saint Martins, said. “I got cuffed and mug shot and everything. I was in the cell. They said, ‘What color graffiti?’ And I was like: ‘blossom pink’ and they were laughing, and I was sat there like: fuck me.”
According to Pettet, “Art School Stole My Virginity” is an exploration of virginity as a taboo in society. He thinks that if he were not still a virgin, and was simply planning on having sex on stage, there would be far less attention being paid.
While he considers himself highly sexual, Pettet claims he has no answer as to why he is still a virgin. “I am clueless as to why I’ve chosen not to have sex,” he stated. “I honestly don’t know — maybe this piece will tell me why. It’s a question as well as a performance. Maybe I was innately waiting for this piece.”
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