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  In some developed regions in China, some women decide to stay at home to be a professional housewife because the family does not need a second cheque. Do you agree or disagree with such a choice? Write a composition of about 400 words to state your view.

  In the first part of your essay you should state clearly your main argument, and in the second part you should support your argument with appropriate details. In the last part you should bring what you have written to a natural conclusion or make a summary.

  You should supply an appropriate title for your essay.

  Marks will be awarded for content, organization, grammar and appropriateness. Failure to follow the above instructions may result in a loss of marks.

  Sample

  Professional Housewife Is Not Favored by the Majority

  The term “professional housewife” refers to a woman who decides to stay at home full-time after marriage. With the growing popularity of this practice, it has been put under the limelight and aroused more concerns from the public. An increasing number of people believe it is a personal choice, however this opinion is also being questioned. Frankly speaking, I don’t think it is favored by the majority of the public.

  Firstly, Chinese people differ in cultural backgrounds from Koreans and Japanese, who tend to hold that man is superior to woman. Although in Chinese history, women were oppressed and regarded as inferior, the founding of new China has lifted the ideological obstacles to the greatest extent. Today most women are working outside their homes not for the reason the family needs a second check but to prove their personal worth. Though housework is meaningful, it is not paid and, what’s worse, it is not socially recognized. Therefore, being a full time housewife is not the favorite choice for the majority of modern Chinese women.

  Secondly, it is financially unwise for women to stay at home full time. Some well-off men may be fond of a professional housewife, which will make a more comfortable and cozy home available, while the less wealthy men and families cannot afford such a luxury, since it will be very demanding to support the whole family with only one check. Both husband and wife have to take up responsibility of breadwinners.

  Thirdly, the majority of women will strongly object to it, especially the better-educated group. Having received concepts of self-esteem and economic independence, modern women tend to be sell-reliant rather than dependent on anyone else, even their spouses. For one thing, it is a waste of their education and potentials; for another, they will not find it hard to adhere to boredom of house chores and routines. They know that a professional housewife will be sneered and biased in the community. A married woman IS a social being first who is supposed to fulfill their social functions.

  In conclusion, it is self-evident that the professional housewife will never gain ground in average Chinese families, for it leads to possible misunderstanding and social contempt towards women and may pose a significant threat to independence of a human being.

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