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8 steps to writing The! Best! Headlines! Ever! about women

Charlotte Hilton Andersen is the author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything and runs the popular health and fitness website of the same name, where she tries out a new workout every month, specializing...

Did you know ladies have boobs? Ladies have boobs. Two of them. Take notes.

Books, newspapers, magazines, websites — a whole publishing industry is built on the backs of women's bodies. So of course it's very important to know how to write a factual, interesting headline about women. To help you, we've come up with an eight-step primer on how to talk about us broads.

Step 1: Forget what we said about factual

Always go with as much over-the-top hyperbole as possible. And don't worry about the actual woman involved.

Example: "Crown Princess Mary shows off her glowing summer tan and toned legs as she attends an art exhibition in a blue Prada dress and elegant lace coat"

Here's what we now know: She is tanned and toned. She loves Prada and blue. She wears lace. She likes art. Oh, and her name is Mary something, and she might have a purpose other than body-showing, but Googling her work is too hard. See? It's perfect! Just the important info, none of the fluff.

Step 2: Always mention boobs

It is very important that no one forget this very important information. So take every opportunity to remind people about boobs — not in, like, an anatomical way (breastfeeding, ew!), but in a super-sexy way, like breasts, bewbz, fun bags, pillow puppies... Your options are endless.

Example: First the splash screen reads, "BUSTY Kylie shows off HUGE ring," and then the actual headline is, "Thinking big! Kylie Jenner shows off bust in plunging top after revealing she gave enormous diamond ring from Tyga its first bath"

Get it? Big! Busty! Huge! Enormous! This teenager has very large breasts!

Step 3: Dissect her into pieces

Make sure the woman's body (that is, boobs and butt) is mentioned before anything else, like her job or achievements — that ish is boring.

Did you know ladies have boobs? Ladies have boobs. Two of them. Take notes.
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Example: "This star attends hubs' b'day with implants flopping everywhere, ass hanging out"

This, my friends, is a work of art. Not only did they call out her boobs and butt, but they managed to simultaneously mock them, all without even humanizing her with a name.

Step 4: Fashion with a capital F (You)

Ladies love clothes and shopping and stuff, so that is all we want to talk about forever and always, amen. Again, mention her clothing before talking about her boring charity work or Nobel Prize or whatever little thing landed her in the news.

Did you know ladies have boobs? Ladies have boobs. Two of them. Take notes.
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Example: "Lady in Red! Kate stuns in a scarlet dress as she joins William at helpline in London"

(Psst... She was actually there to help mentally ill children, so make sure to pull focus from that by talking about her dress and her husband. Are you taking notes yet?)

Step 5: Always mention pregnancy

A woman's womb is everyone else's business. Literally. How are we supposed to sell ads for pregnancy workouts, post-pregnancy workouts and shame spirals without a parade of bumps? Sometimes you may find yourself in the position where no one famous is pregnant. Don't let that stop you — make one up based on a flowing shirt or a food baby. Or just scream "Bump Watch!" and run.

Example: "JENNIFER LOPEZ NOT PREGNANT: Story '100% Not True'"

Check out this genius work! They planted the seed that J.Lo is knocked up, and then denied it so they won't get sued. "You take it from here, speculative commenters!"

Step 6: Put aging women back in their box

Be sure to mention she either looks old, is on her way to old, is super old or is just flat-out dead. Women exist only for sexy headlines, and old women cannot be sexy. So if you find yourself writing about a woman not in her 20s, make sure you point out her age while also making fun of her for it.

Example: "Woman, 59, claims she was forced to MOVE HOUSE because her neighbours were 'jealous' of seeing her 'slim bikini body' as she sunbathed topless"

SCARE CAPS: You can never have too many of those. But remind me, why is age relevant here?

Step 7: Don't forget the fatties

We're trying to be all-inclusive here, which means we insult every female body type. But don't let the reader think an obese woman is just, oh, a woman. You have to point out her fat (for shame!) before anything else.

Example: "'I'd never felt so much shame': 500lb woman who got STUCK in a turnstile at Disneyland"

Well, she'd never felt so much shame... until this headline at a very large news site came out. You're welcome, fat lady!

Step 8: But seriously, back to the sex

Remind the reader that women's bodies are there for the voyeurs' — ahem — readers' pleasure. Note: That's the only (acceptable) reason women ever dress up, wear high heels or put on makeup — to please a man.

Example: "Jennifer Lopez Back On the Market! Click to see the sexy single lady"

Image: Google

See? Because J.Lo has no man currently, that means she is open to any and all offers. Start the line here.

Now, off with you! Go practice writing glorious, attention-grabbing, misogynistic headlines, my little lovelies!

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