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Virgin plans to lose it in public
Virgin plans to lose it in public

A British art student who wants the public loss of his virginity to stir debate around the subject has set a time and place for his "performance".

Clayton David Pettet, 19, says he will have sex at London gallery The Orange Dot on April 2 to "stimulate interesting debate and questions regarding the subject".

Mr Pettet, a student at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, has labelled the project in which he will have sex with an anonymous male partner, "Art School Stole My Virginity".

"When all my peers at school were losing their Virginity it was incredibly hard for me to ask why I was still a Virgin and why it meant so much to the people all around me," Pettet writes on his blog.

"My piece isn't a statement as much as it is a question. The whole aspect of Virginity was incredibly emotional for me and has been ever since,"

"This idea becomes more complex when one considers all types of sexual relations,"

"Men and men, women and women? Virginity has almost become heteronormative in its definition... When is the moment of loss for a human male? And is virginity even real, for women and men? Or is it just an ignorant word that was used to dictate the value of a woman’s worth pre marriage?"

The Orange Dot will stage the live performance and will also exhibit Mr Pettet's works, including a photographic study of the female orgasm.