Exploited by New Fashions in Clothing. Do you Agree or Disagree with ThisStatement?
Over the years, the great majority of men have successfully resisted all attempts to makethem change their style of dress. The same cannot be said of women. Each year a few so called "top designers" in Paris and London lay down the law and women the whole world over rush toobey. This year, they decide in their arbitrary fashion, skirts will be short and waists will behigh; zip s are in and buttons are out. Next year the law is reversed and far from takingexception, no one is even mildly surprised.
If women are mercilessly exploited year after year, they have only themselves to blame, because they are afraid of the thought of being seen in public in clothes that are out of fashion. They are annually blackmailed by the designers and the big stores. Clothes which have beenworn only a few times have to be discarded because of old fashion. When you come to think ofit, only a woman is capable of standing in front of a wardrobe packed full of clothes andannouncing that she has nothing to wear.
Changing fashions are nothing more than the deliberate creation of waste. Many women spendvast sums of money each year to replace clothes that have hardly been worn. Women whocannot afford to discard clothing in this way, waste hour s of their time altering the dressesthey have. Fashion designers are rarely concerned with vital things like warmth, comfort anddurability. They are only interested in outward appearance and they take advantage of thefact that women will put up with any amount of discomfort, providing they look charmingand attractive.
When comparing men and women in the matter of fashion, the conclusion to be drawn isobvious. Do the constantly changing fashion of women's clothes reflect basic qualities offickleness and instability? Do men's unchanging styles of dress reflect basic qualities ofstability and reliability? This is for you to decide.
·A description of the change of women's clothes as against men's
·With the change of the fashion law laid down by designers
·Women are mercilessly yet willingly exploited by new fashions
·Changing fashion nothing more than waste
·Fashion designers — exploiters and waste-makers
·Women's basic qualities change with the change of fashion?
本文是一篇议论文, 全文围绕“ 多年来男士服饰变化不大,而妇女的服饰却日新月异”这一中心展开, 终落实到主题“妇女备受时装的剥削”。在结尾段中, 作者作出了结论并在同时提出了一个值得人们去思考的问题。文中, 作者从现象到现实, 从分析到评论都写得条理清楚, 说服力强。本文很适合于托福考试的应试者。
exploit v. 剥削
style of dress 服装式样
The same cannot be said of women. 妇 女则不能相提并论
top designers 设计师
lay down 制订
the whole world over = all over the world
in their arbitrary fashion 在他们任意设计的时装中
waist n. 腰身
zips are in and buttons are out 拉链内装和钮扣外翻
reverse v. 颠倒过来
mercilessly ad. 残忍地
they have only themselves to blame 她们只能怪自己
blackmail v. 讹诈
discard v. 抛弃
a wardrobe packed full of clothes 挂满了一衣柜的衣服
nothing more than 只不过是
delibe rate creation of waste 故意制造浪费
alter v. 改动
warmth, comfort and durability 保暖、舒适和耐穿
outward appearance 外观
put up with any amount of discomfort 忍受任何一点不舒服
draw a conclusion 做出结论
fickleness and instability 多变而不稳定
stability and reliability 稳定而可靠