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Joanna Weiss

Fifty Shades of Obamacare

I had three separate “Fifty Shades of Grey” sightings last weekend — one in a nail salon, one in a rental car line, one on an airplane from Philadelphia to Boston. The readers were women of different ages and races, and what struck me was that all of them held paperbacks: No shame.

When it first hit the public consciousness, “Fifty Shades” was described, not just as “mommy porn,” but also as the ultimate electronic reader fare. The bondage-lite tale of a virginal woman, courted by a billionaire who’s into whips and chains, was easy to hide from your husband or your mom or the judgmental women on the playground.

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