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A New York barista is apparently resisting the "skinny" label for a non-fat, sugar-free latte, on the grounds that it will make her fat customers and employers feel bad.

This seems painfully reminiscent of the movement in Britain in the early 1990s to outlaw black garbage bags because . . . wait for it . . . this might convey to those of African descent that people thought they were garbage.

If you are under the impression that others believe you are a garbage bag, or a latte, then you should not be hanging about in coffee bars. You should be in an institution, where we can work on bringing you out of your delusional state.

Notably, even the fat acceptance commenter on the thread seems to think that this is totally ridiculous.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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