Analysis Of The Article ' Collateral Consequences : The Effect Of Decriminalizing Prostitution On Women 's Equality

Analysis Of The Article ' Collateral Consequences : The Effect Of Decriminalizing Prostitution On Women 's Equality

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In recent years, the legality of prostitution has been part of discussion in Canada. As with any controversial topic, individuals are entitled to their own opinion. One such individual, Danielle K. Lewchuk attempts to convery her point of view in her article “Collateral Consequences: The Effects of Decriminalizing Prostitution on Women’s Equality in Business” which was published through the University of Victoria in British Columbia, in the Journal APPEAL: Review of Current Law and Law Reform. Since, APPEAL is a Law published through the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Lewchuk’s main audience lies with legal practitioners, students, and the general public. Within this textual evaluation, the voice, message, purpose, organizational strategy, and transitions are analyzed. In addition, an evaluation of the effectiveness will also be provided.
The article, Collateral Consequences: The Effects of Decriminalizing Prostitution on Women’s Equality in Business uses a formal tone of voice. Since it is published by the University of Victoria author, Danielle K. Lewchuk follows academic style of writing. Lewchuk uses high level of vocabulary, words such as prevalence, substantial, intersectional, mitigate, and subsidies are used. Throughout her article, Lewchuck uses long sentences such as “decriminalizing prostitution not only threatens to normalize the sex industry, but also to facilitate networking in new environments that are even more exclusive to businesswomen, such as brothels” (p. 6), and “if the partial ban has the desired effect to reduce discrimination against businesswomen, it will inevitably reduce business dollars spent in sex-entertainment venues including strip clubs and brothels” (p. 8). Lewchuk provides section t...


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Lewchuk’s overall message is understandable, and thorough. She provides the readers with a great amount of background knowledge, such as explaining what business networks are, and the effects of legalizing prostitution on sex workers, and businesswomen. As well as the current laws that would need to change if prostitution were to be decriminalized. Lewchuk’s purpose, of laws that would need to change was clear. However, I was not convinced this to be a clear solution. If her “partial ban” suggestion was to be deployed, it would decrease sex worker’s livelihood, which fails at achieving equality. Her overall organization was structured as expected, by using section titles and subtitles Lewchuk outlines what each paragraph tries to communicate. Regardless, Lewchuk has a well-organized article that culminates with a clear, although not convincing message. 

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