Madonna defended herself this week after releasing a graphic set of nonfunigble tokens depicting her bare body, saying the initiative showed her performing “what women have been doing from the beginning of time, which is giving birth.”

The three NFTs are a collaboration between the 63-year-old musician and Michael Winkelmann, better known as Beeple, a phenomenally successful digital artist who created an NFT that sold for an astounding $69.3 million at Christie’s last year and helped kick off the digital collectable mania.

However, the graphic nature of the NFTs–which depict a three-dimensional, full-frontal view of her vagina as it gives birth to a tree, butterflies, and even robot insects–raised eyebrows online after the announcement, with one tabloid calling the work “a filthy attention grab” and users in the cryptocurrency space sending misogynistic messages to Madonna, according to Fortune magazine.

Madonna said in a recent Twitter Space interview with Winkelmann that viewers may be “weirded out” by the NFTs, adding that “not often does a robot centipede crawl out of my vagina,” but that each NFT is “basically me giving birth,” something women have been doing “from the beginning of time.”

The auction, which runs through Friday, will benefit NGOs that support women and children, including the Voices of Children Foundation, which assists people living in refugee camps as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The top offers for the three NFTs were $27,906, $19,835 and $29,753, respectively, on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re always functioning and living under the male gaze,” Madonna remarked, “and sadly catering to what we believe people want us to do.” “Creating works of art is frequently a difficulty… and it isn’t always attractive.”

For decades, Madonna has been chastised for showing sex in her work. In 1984, her steamy performance of “Like A Virgin” while wearing a wedding gown at the inaugural MTV Video Music Awards drew criticism, and six years later, the music video for her song “Justify My Love” was prohibited by the broadcaster for showing group sex. SEX, an erotic photographic book including photographs of her nude and imitating sexual behaviors, was launched in 1992. The Vatican described the book as “morally repugnant” and advised Catholics not to buy it.

Madonna’s photos in the NFTs were developed over the course of a year utilizing a full body scan. Since the popularity of NFTs last year, it’s the latest celebrity to jump into the blockchain. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Snoop Dogg are among the celebrities that have partnered with musicians to produce their own NFTS. Prices for NFTs may reach eight figures, but there are concerns that the digital collection market is cooling as average prices fall and sales stagnate. When an NFT of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet was put up for sale on the OpenSea platform last month, it failed to elicit equivalent offers. It had not sold by Thursday afternoon, and the highest offer was reported as $19,687.

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