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For those who are happy to dismiss the importance of punctuation (and believe that as long as the meaning intended by the originator of a piece of text can be understood, there isn't a problem), I offer the following as an illustration of the possibilities for confusion.
A woman without her man is useless.
A woman; without her, man is useless.
With alternative punctuation:
A woman without a man, is useless.
Punctuation does matter.
However, the need to highlight ambiguity in a piece of text is optional.