I found a website that has every single page from “Sex” posted, so I went through the entire book, one page at a time. When I was done, I sat back and just shook my head.
I was not the least bit scandalized. If I had been, then at least the book would’ve generated some interest. But what’s so remarkable about a bunch of medium quality BDSM shots? Madonna shows her tits a lot, but there is never any sex actually depicted, odd for a book entitled “Sex.” Sprinkled throughout are some X-rated letters from “Dita” to her boyfriend, “Johnny.” I’ve seen letters to Penthouse that were better written, seriously. In fact, any issue of Penthouse from the last 10 years is better written and more arousing than this entire book.
I didn’t actually start this thread to bash Madonna, but if this book is a genuine reflection of her sex life, I just have to say she really lacks depth. If anything, this schlock just proved to me what an incredible opportunist she is. I guess she’s “daring” and “pushes the envelope,” but not so far that she can’t be mass produced for distribution to Waldenbooks and Barnes & Noble.
The book was not the least bit erotic, arousing, sexy, interesting, or noteworthy. Geez.
I don’t know your age but back when the book came out, Madonna was huge; arguably the most famous woman in the world. So when she decided to put out a book of nude pictures and erotic stories, it was approximately the equivalent of Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston deciding to pose for a lesbian pictorial in Penthouse.
Nowadays of course, Madonna is still well known but has fallen far from the heights she once held. This may be due in part to overexposure such as her Sex book and her inability to keep finding new limits to go past. As Rosie O’Donnell told her in A League of Their Own, “Do you think there’s anyone who hasn’t seen your bosoms?”
I’m almost 26, and I well remember the commotion over “Sex” when it came out. But upon looking at it, I’m not sure why anyone cared. Your tongue in cheek example of a lesbian spread is not a good comparison, since there is no actual sex in this book.
And nude photos of Madonna had already been published years earlier in both Playboy and Penthouse. It was my understanding, then and now, that the commotion over this book was because it was perceived as “kinky.” After looking at it, I can’t believe anyone ever really thought so enough to get worked up about it. It is very, very, tame. Even in 1992 you could buy stuff trashier than this in any bookstore at your neighborhood shopping mall.
And it cost what, $75? If I had paid that much for it even today I’d feel really ripped off.
I had this nursing student friend who was a big Madonna fan. Right after Sex came out I was over at her place smoking pot. There were three or four of us passing around the bong, Madonna’s book, and a textbook filled with photographs of different horrible kinds of trauma, like ax wounds and severed limbs and shit. I haven’t really been attracted to Madonna since then.
Once again, people have missed the forest for the trees. The book was a masterstroke of timing in terms of generating publicity for Madonna’s Erotica album. It is also one of the few “explicit” books to hit #1 on the NYTimes besteller list.
Unfortunately for Madonna, the publicy for both the book and the album very quickly turned bad and ugly, but Madonna being Madonna she managed to get through it all fairly well.