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In the article “Remember, ladies, fitting into that bikini is as easy as (eating) pie”, Dave Barry, humor columnist for the Miami Herald, uses whimsy and wit to give his opinion on the fashion industry’s portrayal of the “ideal woman.” The media has successfully plastered the image of the “ideal” female form in every nook and cranny of society, and it seems that Dave Barry is sick of it. Though his article is short, his point is clear. Barry is saying that women need to stop listening to the fickle fashion world that tells them they need to look like this pencil-thin, “one-size-fits-all” image that they sell, and instead, learn to be comfortable in their own skin-cellulite and stomach pooch included.
Barry does not take the typical “positive body image pep talk” approach. He uses exaggerated examples and humorous suggestions to show us all just how ridiculous this whole thing really is. At one point during his article, he points out how unrealistic this image of perfection is by humorously stating, “How do these celebrities stay so impossibly thin? Simple: They have full-time personal trainers, who advise them on nutrition, give them pep talks, and shoot them with tranquilizer darts whenever they try to crawl, on hunger-weakened limbs, toward the packet of rice cakes that constitutes the entire food supply in their 37,000-square-foot mansions. For most celebrities, the biggest meal of the day is toothpaste. (They use reduced-fat Crest)”(Barry 2). Now, we all know that most celebrities probably aren’t shot with tranquilizer darts to keep them from eating, but his exaggerated illustration does get the point across that the body that they have, and that they are trying to tell women they need to have, is not attainable within the realms of a normal lifestyle. At one point, Barry makes the suggestion that...

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