0). Equality Between Men and Women
At present, more and more people think that men and women should enjoy equal rights. Many countries even have passed laws to guarantee such an equality between different sexes. Accordingly, there are now no longer certain jobs or certain places that are closed to women. The number of business women, female doctors, scientists and leaders is considerably increasing.
There are three main reasons for the improvement of women's social position. First women themselves have been persistently struggling for the equality. Second, men also realize that women are not born inferior to men. Women can do a great many things as well as or even better than men. Third, the social development has produced a great demand for women's participation in every field. In spite of these changes the liberation of women has not been completely realized. Prejudices against women are deeply rooted still in some people's mind, especially in the distant rural areas, so our mankind should take further painstaking efforts to really realize the equality.
1). My View on Fake Commodities
Fake commodities can be found, now and then, in the market, which has aroused a lot of public attention. It is reported that these commodities range from foodstuff, clothes to radios, and TV sets and even medicines.
Fake commodities are harmful in many ways. To begin with, they bring about great loss in both properties and lives. For instance, if someone buys some fake medicines, it may not cure him of his illness; on the contrary, it may probably make his illness worse or even put an end to his life. Besides, fake commodities may impair the profit of the manufacturers who produce the real products by making the consumers suspicious of these products, thus causing social problems.
There are many ways to get rid of fake commodities. First, laws should be enforced to punish those who produce these products. Second, people should be advised how to tell the genuine commodities from the fake ones. Moreover, people should not buy things just because they are cheap and attractively advertised. Furthermore, they should be encouraged to report to the relevant authorities in case they have bought a fake commodity. In a word, if the whole society work together to solve this problem, I think fake commodities will have nowhere to exist.
2). Summer Hygiene
The coming of summer means more sanitation problems. In summertime, humidity rises and plants grow prosperously, which provides a favorable environment for bacteria. The existence of disease bacteria jeopardizes that of other creatures, especially humans. At this time, therefore, diseases of all types begin to attack more rampantly.
It is not easy to spend a pleasant and hygienic summer in hot and humid places like Taiwan. Summertime can be an enjoyable season if we are healthy. Unfortunately, however, unlike bacteria, human beings tend to become weaker in high temperature. Residents on this island are exposed to a lot of diseases present exclusively in summer. Cases of dengue fever, malaria, and amoebic dysentery have frequently been reported in this country. To protect ourselves, we ought to form some personal sanitation habits, such as always washing hands with soap before meals, never eating raw food, and constantly keeping the surrounding clean. Only by so doing can we minimize possible suffering.
3). Ownership of Houses in a Big City in China
Great changes have taken place in the ownership of houses in cities in China from 1990 to 2000. While the number of state owned houses decreased, that of private houses increased. In 1990, seventy-five percent of the houses were state owned whereas only twenty five percent of the houses were private. In 2000, however, the proportion of state owned houses reduced to twenty percent and