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When this book came out in 1992, I was surprised how stark the book was and what a dark tone it took on. This was not a fun, erotic book but a rather somber look at sex and relationships. Back then I was turned off and thought Madonna had made a mistake. By all accoounts, it probably was as Madonna's image suffered and her status as 'pioneer' came to an end. It just wasn't as cool to like Madonna anymore. From 1992 to 1995, Madonna could no right in the public's mind, and although songs like 'Secret' and 'Take a Bow' were major hits and proved Madonna was still a musical force to be reckoned with, 'Sex' was the turning point in Madonna's career as cultural icon.
Now 12 years later, 'Sex' actually does carry some merit. It's still amateurish, particularly the packaging (what were they thinking with the binding??) and some of the phots (ie. with the skinhead lesbians and Naomi Campbell, Big Daddy Kane and Vanilla Ice) are pointless and silly, but some of the text is quite sexy, and Madonna explores some provocative themes such as S/M, power dynamics in relationships and bisexuality and homosexuality that are both sexy, insightful and funny.
I think Camille Paglia said it best in her 1992 review in 'Us' Magazine that the best photos in the book were the ones of Madonna on her own. I agree. The pictures of Madonna playing sexy housewife, hitchhiking nude, hand gliding nude and eating pizza in the nude are both voyeuristic and exciting, as Madonna plays out these roles with the sense of humor and fun that we've come to expect. The rest of the book is quite dark and yet you have to admire Madonna for showing the negative side of sex rather than just flashing her body for a quick buck. She actually makes an attempt to be intellectual about sex and pornography.Read more ›
Now out-of-print, Madonna's "Sex," book was one of the 1990's greatest hypes due to its' graphic depiction of sex. Where else can you see Madonna strutting down Miami Beach with Vanilla Ice naked, or see her making out with such celebrities as Isabella Rossellini and Naomi Campbell? The book, which was bounded in an orginal format involving two sheets of metal, each numbered, and sealed in a Mylar plastic sleeve is genius. Although it is a book that is highly likely to cause airport security to open your bags, Madonna must have had a reason to do something so creative, yet so risque. Truly, "Sex" remains a classic due to its main goal of reopening the sexual revolution in the evangelicalism the 1990's brought. Homosexuality, lesbianism, and fetishes were all somewhat taboos to be discussed or shown in public, however nowadays attitudes have changed. In some ways, Madonna was a pioneer, and as so, she deserves credit for being the most outrageous, daring woman of the 20th century.
I purchased this book when it was originally released for $50.00.I have recently seen them going for about $250.00 and up.If you own it save it.This book will probably never go back into print again.I strongly recommend this book. It has amazing photos by Steven Meisel.Interesting pictures featuring Madonna,Isabella Rosellini,Ingrid Casares,Naomi Campbell,Big Daddy Kane, and yes even Vanilla Ice.This book will go down in history never before has a singer/actress and now writer released a book which has caused so much controversy.
What a team....Madonna & Stephen Meisel. Who would have thought that putting the most famous woman in the world together with one of the top photographers in the country would bring forth a phenomenal, gratifying, "sexsational" picture book. Madonna plays various roles as she is dominating, being dominated and just having a ball with exploring the world of fantasy and pleasure. In this book Madonna brings forward all types of fantasies that the general public would rather put under the rug and not talk about. That's the key to Madonna's success with this book. Madonna wants you to see what goes on and what exists, she's not afraid and rises above. Madonna puts herself in vulnerable and steamy situations as part of her fantasy. The letters she writes as the narrator of the book, "Dita Parlow" are eye-catching and satisfying. Madonna falls into the character and delivers a sensational literary work. The CD is also very erotic and sex-drenched to go along with the theme
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Ok, I searched for this book for quite a while before I finally found an unopened copy in a local used book store. Cost me a pretty penny. Was it worth it? That all depends on your point of view.
I first saw this book when it came out and I wanted to get it, but for one reason or another I just never picked up a copy. At the time, I thought the book was racey and very interesting. There were a couple of pictures that I never forgot (the pizza picture and the hitch hiking picture). I thought that those two pictures alone were very good. At least from a photographic point of view. I found most of the rest of the book rather bland.
Years later after I got my own copy and could actually spend some time with it, I was quite impressed. It's a rather interesting book from the stand point of a pop star showing us her sexual fantasies. I had always applauded Madonna for having the guts to do this book. I know in recent years she regrets doing the book. I still admire her for what she was trying to do and say with the book. True, it shocked people and the critics just raked her over the coals for it, but I still find the book interesting if just as a novelty.
I guess I must have a rather open mind, the book didn't shock me. That was the biggest disappointment for me. I was used to being shocked by what Madonna did and said. It's an interesting book but not all that shocking. If you have to have it, then by all means get it but be prepared to pay over $100.00 for it. If you're just curious as to the contents, I'd say save your money and find someone who has the book. I'm sure that they will let you take a stroll through it.