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For Barbara Amiel, Sex Crimes Are "Minor Vices"

It's impossible to muster any emotion beyond gape-mouthed revulsion at Barbara Amiel's latest Maclean's column, a seething, meandering rant against anyone who dares affect "prune-faced horror" at innocent partakers of "a few minor vices." The minor vices in question, incidentally, are sexual harassment, rape, and child porn. Herein lies the central irony of Amiel's essay: it's an appallingly immoral call for morality, an anti-elitist argument that reads like an offering from Monty Python's Upper-Class Twit of the Year competition.