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The Danger of "Authenticity"

Betty Beguiles writes:

A few years ago I cracked open a couple of books by a well-known “food issues” author in an attempt to fit into my little black dress. In that compelling way that self-help authors are so proficient at, she promised to solve all my problems. For only $12.99 I could be slim, confident and authentic, too.

That was her diagnosis. I lacked authenticity the way some people lack Vitamin D...which is a shame, really.

Falling for things hook, line and sinker I have a handle on, though, and so I did. I mean, really, why doubt her diagnosis when she sounded so gosh darn confident about it all?
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