Prostitution Legalization in New Zealand: Language Diversity?

In her argumentative essay, “Enough Already, It’s Time to Decriminalize Prostitution,” Patty Kelly debates that prostitution should be legalized. She begins her essay by addressing the arrest of State Senator, Elliot Spitzer, who had been caught paying women for sex. Furthermore, she uses this as an example that prostitution is “a part of our culture, and is not going away” (Kelly, 2012, p. 436). Kelly spent a year at a legal brothel in Mexico and uses her first hand experience to showcase how sex workers have benefited from the legalization of prostitution.

She reports the women working in this brothel had higher wages then working at traditional jobs. As well, being a sex worker allowed these women the freedom to choose their own hours and wages.

Kelly explains that although legalizing prostitution still has some issues criminalization prostitution has worse consequences such as increased violence incidents. Kelly furthers her argument of legalization by using New Zealand’s 2003 Prostitution Reform Act as an example.

After New Zealand decriminalized prostitution sex workers are now protected from exploitation and work in safer conditions. Kelly believes that North America should end the stigma against sex workers and decriminalize prostitution.

In her expository essay “Newfoundlandese, If You Please,” Diane Mooney discusses the various unique dialects found within Newfoundland. She explains the reason for the diverse range of language is due to the spread out distribution of the population. In Newfoundland each inlet or cove is isolated and has evolved its own version of the language.

Another factor that affected the custom dialects was where the ancestors immigrated from.

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Newfoundland was settled by the Irish, English, British and French; their descendents maintain influences from the originators. Mooney uses her personal experience to give examples of the changes of language in the East Coast, Central Coast, West Coast of Newfoundland and Northern Peninsula. She elaborates that Central Newfoundlanders sound like “mainlanders” and have a “twang” in their speech. On the contrary, communities in the Northern Peninsula tend to add extra “h’s” to the front of words that start with vowels. Mooney concludes her essay by reiterating Newfoundland has a wide range of linguistic diversity due to the adaptation of the multicultural descendents spread over the vast island.

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