Art very frequently goes hand in hand with controversy, something that Clayton Pettet has embraced with his project as a London art student. Pettet is a 19 year old, gay, male, virgin, and will remain a virgin until Jan. 25, when he will lose his virginity on stage in front of 50-100 people, the Huffington Post reports
Pettet’s goal is not to satisfy a fetish, it is simply to challenge views and explore if something does truly change when you lose your virginity. Pettet describes men losing their virginity as "more abstract" as there is nothing physical to indicate a loss in virginity, like the breaking of the hymen does for a woman.
He hopes to answer if virginity is in fact real, or if its only use was "to dictate the value of a woman's worth pre marriage." Pettet also brings up the heteronormativity in the definition of virginity. If losing your virginity means "straight" intercourse, where does that leave two men or two women? Can a gay man or woman lose their virginity if it is not with a member of the opposite sex?
He plans on holding a Q&A afterwards to help facilitate a discussion and has set up a Tumblr
to act as a journal.
You can learn more about Pettet from the video below: