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Fifty Shades, Passion Parties and a Road Trip to Paramus

After a routine, reportedly pain-free tooth cleaning, my husband was slipped a post-it with a date and a phone number. “If your wife would like to see a sneak peak of Fifty Shades of Grey,” she whispered, “have her call me.” The dentist’s perky, pint-sized front desk assistant, Heather — who, when she’s not charging me for left quadrant tooth scaling — runs a side business called “Heather’s Little Pleasures,” her self-branded, New Jersey edition of a Passion Party. For the uninitiated, Passion Parties are like the Avon Ladies of fuzzy handcuffs and pink dildos. The screening she was hosting was in Paramus, New Jersey, a good 25 miles from my home in Brooklyn, and she promised swag bags, hot pink wristbands, free popcorn and… “Your dental hygienist Norma will be there.” Who could pass this up? Plus, there was something strangely apropos about the most sadistic of doctors being associated with such an event. To be clear, I’m no fan of the book. In fact, when I first tried to read it, I got …