Toronto Diary
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Student to lose his virginity for performance art

We all remember our first time. For some, it was a magical moment in their lives. For others it was just sort of okay. Or maybe your first time was a complete disappointment you pretend never happened because it only lasted for about 30 seconds, felt awful, and he never called back. Matthew.

For Clayton Pettet, an art student at Central Saint Martins in London, his first time will be performed live. In front of an audience. As a piece of performance art. Did I mention he’s an art student?

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According to Queerty, Pettet has dubbed his piece Art School Stole My Virginity ( . . . *groans*) and explained that he hopes to explore how society upholds virginity as a virtue. “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."

Admittedly, Art School Stole My Virginity rings a bit heavy-handed, which I guess comes with the territory of being in art school, but let’s take a step back and look at this as rationally as possible: who is he objectively hurting? No one, really. Did he think long and hard about this decision? Apparently, this has been in the making for three years. And is he okay with his decision? Obviously, he seems pretty chipper about the whole thing, so we’ll put that down as a yes.

What I’m trying to say here is that yes, the entire thing smacks a bit pretentious, but it’s his body and his choice. As long as everyone involved consents to it, it’s no one’s place to say how he can lose his V-card.