Besides, Sex is almost as powerful: it's universal, it doesn't need translation - and it's only two letters more than X." Madonna originally wanted the book to be of an oval shape in order to simulate a condom but the printing and manufacturing of such a book would have been too expensive.
It also includes cameos by actress Isabella Rossellini, rappers Big Daddy Kane and Vanilla Ice, model Naomi Campbell, gay porn star Joey Stefano, actor Udo Kier, socialite Tatiana von Fürstenberg, and nightclub owner Ingrid Casares.
The packaging for the book is made of aluminium, which was Madonna's idea, and is spiral bound and enclosed in a Mylar sheet.
Due to the scandalous nature of the photographs and the media mayhem surrounding it from the initial preview of the book, Madonna did not have to promote Sex, except for a pre-release party and some television specials.
Her publishers were extremely apprehensive about the release as well as its commercial potential.
By the end of the meeting Madonna had agreed "in principle" to do a book called Madonna's Book of Erotica and Sexual Fantasies.
She told Regan that De Mann would call her and work out the details regarding the book. Records and the executive directors at Time Warner were reluctant to allow Madonna to publish such a book, but finally gave in to the idea.
Sex has photographs that feature adult content and softcore pornographic as well as simulations of sexual acts, including sadomasochism.
Madonna wrote the book as a character named "Mistress Dita", inspired by 1930s film actress Dita Parlo.
It's not really to antagonize or to push people's buttons.