Madonna’s Sex Book was published 22 years ago!

On this day, October 21, 1992, the infamous Madonna‘s Sex Book was released. Written by Madonna, with photographs taken by Steven Meisel and filmed by Fabien Baron, the book was received negatively by critics and several fans, who said she had gone too far.

Sex is now considered a bold, post-feminist, work of art, and a “cultural book”.

That’s what Madonna said about the backlash:

I don’t think sex is bad. I don’t think nudity is bad. I don’t think that being in touch with your sexuality and being able to talk about it is bad. I think the problem is that everyone is so uptight about it and have turned it into a bad thing when it’s not. If people could speak freely, we would have more people practicing safe sex, we wouldn’t have people being sexually abused.

Despite all the controversy and negative backlash, which included the book being banned in Japan shortly after its release, Sex was a big commercial success, selling 150,000 copies on its release day in the United States alone. Hundreds of copies of the book were pre-ordered, prompting book sellers to say that Sex was “shattering their sales records for advance purchases“.
A week later, the book’s sales exceeded the 500,000 units and eventually topped The New York Times Best Seller list. Giselle Benatar wrote in her article “Sex & Money”: “This isn’t the publishing event of the year, it’s the publishing event of the century.”
In just three days, the book had managed to sell more than 1,500,000 copies worldwide.

In 2011, according to the, Sex was the most requested out-of-circulation publication and still remains the best-selling coffee table book