We Hear You! Letters from our June 2011 Issue

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by MORE • editors
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As a subscriber, I was greatly dismayed to see "fish leather" promoted on page 19 (moreNOW!) as a "sustainable alternative to animal and reptile skins."  Research indicates that fish can feel pain just as much as any other animal species. . .and for those who are unaware, fish DO experience horrible suffering from being trawled, hooked, or handled for any reason that humans will try to justify.  With so many great faux skins, we don't NEED perch pumps. Come on, More, beauty is also all about compassion for others, whether they're human or non.  Vanity at the expense of another's suffering is just plain cruel, materialistic, and not very progressive in our evolution towards becoming better human beings and informed women. Thanks, but I'll stick to my faux zebra pumps and leave the fish alone.
Annoula Wylderich

Las Vegas, NV

 

I just read your editors letter and want to commend you, not that you need it, you are clearly a strong capable women. I bought my first issue of the magazine last year, in anticipation of turning 40, the whole turning 40 thing really had my hair on fire! There was a story in it titled "Bunting". In hind sight I can tell you that was the greatest piece of information I got my hands on all year. I am a single mother of two teenagers and have raised them by myself with no financial help, a girl(19) and a boy(15), I am also a business women in a man's industry. Many, many times over the years I have had to remind myself to keep my head down and keep moving forward, that in the end perseverance and patience would payoff. That story in your magazine really brought that home for me. I have shared with several strong business women friends as well as several men friends, as a matter of fact I shared it with a football coach who passed it on to the entire team. The whole wanting more thing is dead on and so achievable. 40 is fine......

Margaret

 

I received the June issue today & thought "oh great! Something to curl up with tonight after a long, hard & very stressful month." But to no avail, articles on beauty queens & Anne Heche could not keep my attention. PLEASE-with all the important issues happening in our country, we want "MORE" from a magazine than that.

Liz Donchey

 

I had not read MORE for a year or two, but picked up a copy of the June 2011 issue and read it last night.  Your editorial describes the many facets of personal reinvention, from the small (seedlings and cakes) to the grand (a documentary on maternal health).  I wish that you had included the reinvention, required by circumstance and history, which is still underway for Lt. Colonel Milonas.  Her continued fight to return to mental and emotional health, when contrasted with Ms. Burns' ability to leave home and children for her documentary, puts into sharp perspective the difference between necessary and voluntary reinvention. You must be aware that many women in this country are more like Lt. Col. Milonas than they are Ms. Burns:  required to reinvent themselves because previous vocational skills are now obsolete, financial insecurity, or as direct or indirect victims of the effects of war.  To do the topic of reinvention justice, at this time in our nation's history, both types should be acknowledged openly.  Otherwise, your magazine of style and substance becomes one of style only. 

Margaret B. Jumonville

 

First Published June 1, 2011

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Jane Dowrick06.28.2011

Love MORE - - enjoy the wide variety of articles. Was fascinated by the diet info in the July issue, although I'm concerned that the cleanse diet might not be safe enough for many people. Suggest an article on the wonderful food and diet info available online via Mayo Clinic. Thanks for all you do to provide such an array of information!

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Rebecca Holzem06.12.2011

I received a subscription of your mazazine as a gift from my best friend.
I just finished reading the June 2011 Issue. Who is your demographic?? I am confused by the time I reach the end of each issue. In this particular issue, I began reading and felt confident that this magazine was addressed to me - a woman of 45 years. As I continued to read, your magazine ends with a focus on Hollywood's most impressive young stars that range in age from 13 to 28 - if I wanted to read about these "girls", I would pick up a copy of Teen Beat, People, or US. Where is your focus? Is this magazine not for women who range from 35, 40 years and older?
Your cover tag line is - MORE "For Women of Style and Substance". Where is the focus on Women, Style and especially Substance? The fluff piece on women who are still participating in pageants at age 30, 40 and even 50 was something not worth researching let alone including it in any magazine Women of Style and Substance are reading.
Also... Listed on your cover is best SWIMSUITS FOR EVERY SIZE, SHAPE AND BUDGET. However, there is not one single suit shown within the actual article for a woman who is over size 18. Are "plus" size women not inclusive in the demographic you would like to reach with your magazine? Or, are you of the mind-set that women who wear size 18W, 20W, 22W, etc. not interested in Style and fashion?
As a professional woman, I am not a fan of your magazine.

Chellie 06.10.2011

Once again we have another article about a celebrity-activist to inspire us. While I admire Ms. Turlington-Burns using her fame, wealth and privilege to inform the world of maternal health issues, I can't say the same for the author of this story. Why oh why does EVERY celebrity story have to include what the person was wearing during the interview and the ubiquitous "not wearing any make-up" line? Do we need to know, believe or even care about this? Is this statement to establish Ms. Turlington-Burns bonafides as a serious activist? If she were wearing make-up would her cause be less just? Please, please stop reducing women to their appearances in these articles. This is an article about an issue, not make-up and such comments simply detract from the subject of the story. I didn't read anything about Janet"s make-up or lack thereof, the woman who gave birth after walking almost five miles to a birth center If you are about empowering women, empower your writers to leave out physical descriptions that are not crucial to the story.

06.09.2011

I also filled out the survey and had written that I didn't like the picture on the June cover I had received (thought it was bland and boring), and then when I came to the website, I see the beautiful Christy Turlington Burns again but this time, I thought WOW! I so wished I had received THIS magazine. She looks so much more approachable, summery, and genuine, absolutely stunning, and I love the color! I would have been a lot more excited to read the issue had this picture been the introduction.

06.09.2011

I also filled out the survey and had written that I didn't like the picture on the June cover I had received (thought it was bland and boring), and then when I came to the website, I see the beautiful Christy Turlington Burns again but this time, I thought WOW! I so wished I had received THIS magazine. She looks so much more approachable, summery, and genuine, absolutely stunning, and I love the color! I would have been a lot more excited to read the issue had this picture been the introduction.

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