“Sex” was one of the most sought after books in history. Not
because it had an overwhelming amount of violence or the fact that
the book touched on domestic abuse but because Madonna bared it
The book consisted of several pages of nude photographs, which
included the famous photo of Madonna hitch-hiking naked. The cover
was stainless steal with a spiral binding and was so scandalous
that it was sold on shelves packaged in saran wrap, which was an
attempt to keep the eyes of innocent children from seeing Madonna
in the nude.
With her new book however, children are her target audience.
In September, Madonna released “The English Roses,” the first of
five children’s books she plans to write. All proceeds from this
book are being donated to children’s charities.
This new image is a drastic change from the portrait she
displayed in “Sex” back in 1992.
While many proclaimed that “Sex” was a work of art, others found
the bare-all photographs to be pornographic and tasteless.
The controversy that surrounded Madonna’s “Sex” is considered to
be one of the biggest scandals of 1992, according to Barnes and
The book is now out of print, while “The English Roses” is being
overstocked, and holds a bookmark that is already advertising for
the second book, which is due out in November.
Madonna’s “Sex” book has become a collectors’ item and is
currently sold by private sellers for the starting price of $100.
However, with the proceeds of her children’s book going to
children’s charities, Madonna has marked “The English Roses” at the
selling price of $13.99, and is receiving great reviews and many
While the message of “Sex” is never really stated in the book,
it can be assumed that Madonna was promoting self-expression and,
of course, sex.
However, through “The English Roses,” Madonna offers a vital
lesson to young girls about rivalry and friendship. It has been
called a modern day Cinderella story from the editors at Barnes and
In 1992, Madonna bared her body in her book “Sex,” now over 10
years later, Madonna’s “The English Roses” bares a much softer side
to the artist, which creates a continuous chance for reflection on
the power of Madonna to reinvent herself.