It's interesting. If someone came out with this today, nobody would care, it wouldn't cause a ripple. It's only because she did SEX that we live in a world where people's sexuality is no longer a taboo (or certainly not as much as before) For that, I applaud Ms. Ciccone!
Let's face it, Sex oversexed and undersexed us all. It was a photo essay about revealing sexual myths, taboos, and fantasies and showing how real they are in life. That is to be applauded. It didn't read as porn to me at all. The down side to Sex was that it took something private and intimate and made it impersonal and unexciting. But that is the ironic dichotomy that has always been Madonna.
interesting read.... particularly: "for all her boasts of liberation, she is not free in her own head." i don't think M's point was ever to say "i'm perfect, i'm liberated, i'm who you should be." many artists are tortured... from picasso to kahlo to garbo... this internal struggle is most likely what drives them to create.
The SEX book was far from pornography to me. And I totally applauded and still do M's vision of showing the "mainstream" another side of "real life". Some people loved it, some people were disgusted, but it showed something real that was never seen before in a mainstream way. And yes, this book of "art" (at least to me) would pass without much fuss these days. Thank you Madonna.