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This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Nick Duffy March 30, 2016
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Are women too fragile to play sport? Can female MPs wear hats? These are just some of the many questions that must be answered when writing for a female audience.

Esteemed journalist Sydney Moseley – best known as the first person to be broadcast on television – wrote down his tips for the ‘female interest’ in a 1926 journalism guide…. and we couldn’t help but share some of his advice and article suggestions.
This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Some of his article suggestions seem ridiculous today – but serve to demonstrate culture at the time in which they were written.

Do women MPs have to wear hats? Discussion required.

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Does golf turn women into mannish lesbians? An opinion piece begging to be written.

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

If there’s a plane crash, men want details; women want to know about the pilot’s love life.

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Do you have any unsubstantiated gossip? Put in the gossip page, women love that!

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

No matter what women are interested in, they will want to read about children…

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

…just make sure you write it ‘simple’ for women brains (men might not have this ability)

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Do women have the ‘brutal instinct’ needed to enjoy boxing?

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Make sure you mention what people are wearing or the women will be upset…

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

But don’t worry men, you don’t have to put too much effort in.

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Write about the theatre and celeb gossip. These are important women’s issues.

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Are any women marrying a Muslim? On the gossip page it goes.

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

Confused? Don’t worry… sometimes women can even write ‘little stories’ too!

This 90-year-old journalism guide has some eye-opening ‘tips’ on writing for women

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