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Madonna Reflects On ‘Erotica’ 30th Anniversary

Released three decades ago alongside her then-scandalous Sex coffee table book, Madonna‘s 1992 album Erotica paved the way for other female artists to express their sexuality. And reflecting on the publication’s 30-year anniversary, the pop superstar took on Instagram Stories on Saturday (10.22) to share her thoughts about the criticism she faced at the time of their release. 

Born Madonna Louise Ciccone, the musician wrote “30 years ago I published a book called S.E.X. In addition to photos of me naked there were photos of Men kissing Men, Woman kissing Woman and Me kissing everyone. I also wrote about my sexual fantasies and shared my point of view about sexuality in an ironic way.” “I spent the next few years being interviewed by narrow minded people who tried to shame me for empowering myself as a Woman.” “I was called a whore, a witch, a heretic and the devil.” “Now Cardi B can sing about her WAP. Kim Kardashian can grace the cover of any magazine with her naked ass and Miley Cyrus can come in like a wrecking ball.” “You’re welcome b—-es.”

Madonna followed her social media post with an interview clip circa 1992 in which she spoke with with a male counterpart who was incredibly uncomfortable with Sex.

When asked if there was a message in the book, Madonna replid “What did you get out of it?”

“I got afraid,” he admitted.

“Why?” she asked, to which he replied, “I’d never seen the likes of it.”

“You have so,” she teased. “You’ve never read Playboy magazine, or Penthouse, or anything like that?”

“Yes,” he said, “But it was different with you. The picture of you astride the mirror, masturbating — I thought that was horrible. It just strikes me as horrible.”

“I think people’s reaction to specific situations in the book was much more a reflection of that person than me,” she pointed out and the complete video, which aired on 60 Minutes Australia in 1992, is up on YouTube.)

“Erotica,” the album’s first single, peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100m #1 on Billboard‘s Dance Club Songs chart, and a remix of the song was included on Madonna’s recent collection Finally Enough Love: 50 Number Ones.

Rhino Records is releasing a limited-edition Erotica 12″ vinyl picture disc, featuring a toe-sucking photo from her Sex book, for the project’s 30th anniversary.

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Author: Saul Goode

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