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Sex Hardcover – October, 1992

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 134 pages
  • Publisher: Ediciones B; 1St Edition edition (October 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8440631170
  • ISBN-13: 978-8440631176
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 11.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Spiral-bound
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.
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Format: Spiral-bound
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.
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By A Customer on January 11, 1997
Format: Spiral-bound
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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Format: Hardcover
ok i have mixed feelings about this. I was wondering what's the hype about this book, and now I've read it, I still don't quite understand why people are giving too much hype over a bindful of Madonna in erotica poses? It's not even porn. I guess Madonna's point when she thought about this book flew over most of people's head. From what I see, she's telling how women are mostly associated with sex. how they are subjected. There's a topic somewhere and I doubt she was piling this just for people to yell banned for.

Oh, I applaude Madonna for having the guts this book together cause I am sure she expected what came after, the mostly bad response of the public. I guess the title really covers what's the whole book is about. I must say it's a good art form.

Overall, if you're pretty much close-minded and not quite into graphical erotica, I say you should stay away from this book.
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Format: Spiral-bound
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.
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