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Pushes boundaries or just confirms how her entire career, then to now, has been desperately seeking attention. I’d say the latter.
I don’t think any of today’s popstar could do anything with the same effect, not because Madonna was such a revolutionary with it, but because with today’s culture of the internet and celeb sex tapes/nude pics leaking like a faucet, I don’t think there’ll be as much “OMG” effect that made the book so big.
She continues to breathe new life into the expression, “Every generation thinks it’s the one that discovered sex.”
It still pushes boundaries because we seem to have actually gone backwards. Movies used to show nudity pretty regularly and now a channel like LOGO even bleeps out the word “Bottom”.
i do think it was important at the time, being a sort of corrective to the post-aids sex-negative zeitgeist. she opened up the discussion as well as her legs.
however, i also think there was a more than your standard grade of madonna narcissism involved in this enterprise. she judged — correctly — her body would never look that good again. those tits and that ass were like sculpted works of arts — she was at her physical apex. so why not kill several birds with one stone. something for the art lovers, the cultural theorists, the dirty mac brigade, and most imortantly her amore propre.
lol, vanilla fuckin ice!!!?
@Cam: Absolutely. It still surprises me how conservative and sexually timid culture is now and yet so many seem to think the opposite is true.
Still pushing boundaries? Doubtful. Nudie books haven’t been cutting-edge since Bettie Page. Just because the book showed Madge shaving a dude’s pubes doesn’t mean she was breaking any molds or pushing the envelope. “Shocking” isn’t necessarily synonymous with cutting-edge.
But it did reinforce the notion in our puritanical culture that “adult” automatically equals “pornography”, hence the controversy practically wrote itself. That book, like “50 Shades” today, wasn’t even remotely shocking to any of us who’ve actually seen real porn or read real erotica. But I could see where some Midwestern housewife’s giney would start to tickle at the sight of Madge taking it up the ass from Vanilla Ice.
Twenty years later, the “Erotica” album has held up a lot better than that silly “Sex” book, which was forgotten about years ago, and is of interest only to completists and us irony-loving gays. :-p
Madonna is to Grace Jones what Pat Boone was to Little Richard. Although, it can probably be said that Madonna is 1,000 times more determined than Grace Jones.
The ultimate / perfect example of this is Madonna’s Sex Book. The photo of a naked Grace Jones facing a Naked Black Man still pushes boundaries. And, the photo of Grace Jones naked with Dolph Lundgren still pushes boundaries.
BTW, I was in The Gaiety Theater when Madonna and her gang scoped out the place to take the photos for her book.
>>She continues to breathe new life into the expression, “Every generation thinks it’s the one that discovered sex.”<<
And every generation needs at least one full decade into adulthood to understand the reality that just because something is explicit does not mean that it’s erotic.
It may not have changed the world, but when the planet’s most famous woman showed her tits it was a very big deal.
Isn’t it telling that 20 years later a gay site is censoring the images, even though they are considered art?
Posing does not mean art. This is just porno pics with a famous person.
I see Elton John posted a few comments up in here. Sad fat cow.
She is a M*^#r F*cking Force to be rekon with which obviously continues to push boundaries
No one comes close to having the balls that this woman has. Love her or hate here. There is still only one Queen and thats MADONNA!! Bitches.
Once upon a time, after walking the pop star gauntlet, the stars were in alignment and she released “Justify My Love” (written and produced in conjunction with Lenny Kravitz), came out with the book and it seemed that she was really pushing the envelope and defining herself as a creative force. This lasted through “Music” and then after that she became predictable and trivial.
Once upon a time…
“Sex” is still a great artistic statement that pushes boundaries….
@niles: Sure is telling. And where’s the pics of Madge making out with women?
The book was brilliant. Madge appeared to be saying, “Here. Take a good look, and pay me for it.”
Before her sex book, magazines were publishing nude photos of her from her days an art model. After the sex book, the other photos stopped being published.
Her body, her photos, her check. Madge won again.
SEX the book has such a big impact on our culture now more than ever. Yes she did come at everyone w all the sex,her c.d.,movie and image but we r still talking about it and she is still relevant. No female artist has come close to expressing themselves the way Madonna has.
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