- Series: ISBN 0446517321 / 9780446517324
- Hardcover: 134 pages
- Publisher: Ediciones B; 1st 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 (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sex Hardcover – October, 1992
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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.
'Sex' is interesting reading and viewing. It is a fascinating failure. I think Madonna should have gone the route of playing characters rather than interacting with others and she should have concentrated more on the text. She could have also used a more original title.
As for the Christian reviewer who says that Madonna 'regrets' the book. I don't remember Madonna saying she regrets it but she wishes she had presented it in a different way. Deep down, I think she regrets it from a career standpoint but she should be proud of the things that she presented in this book. Her comments at the beginning of the book where she distinguishes fantasies from the dangers of AIDS are pointed and she also poignantly remarks that there is nothing better than sex with love.
In this book, it's almost like Madonna is searching for that love, and this book admirably points out the loneliness and unfulfillment that even sex brings.
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.
This book covers every sexual fantasy that one might have. It goes into detail of how Madonna enjoys looking at her private area, about how Madonna fantiszied about lesbianism, and much more that is too explicit to even mention in this review. I will mention that there are a numerous amount of celebrities that make it into this book, including Tony Ward, Isabella Rossalini, Vanilla Ice, Naomi Campbell, Big Daddy Kane, Udo Kier, and much more. If you are not a Madonna fan, then this book is not for you and it is not for you to post a review on here. If you are a Madonna fan that has children running around the house, then you'll be wise enough to keep this book out of their reach. But if you are a Madonna fan, or as big of a fan as I am, then you'll be wise to purchase this book if you have not done so when it released so many years ago.