Hear, hear! The last few comments are spot-on! Instead of empowering women and challenging them to rely on things other than sex and sexiness, More goes in the other direction. The Madeleine Stowe photos play into the hands of those who think women should look, smell, act and be a certain way. The reader who asserted that the magazine insists on ignoring Republican readers gets my applause, too. Too much more and I’ll find another magazine.
I am almost 49 years old, and this is the first time ever I am writing to a magazine. I just finished taking the online survey in the hopes I would have an opportunity somewhere in the survey to weigh in on something I noticed—I assumed there would be some sort of general “comments box.” Unfortunately, the box that asked for comments about improving the magazine was my opportunity, but since the completion bar showed I was only at about 75% at that point, I assumed there would be a more generic box later on. Clearly I was wrong, but I still feel the need to make my comment—hence this e-mail. I have always found More to be a pretty well-balanced perspective on coming into our own in the world. But in the June issue, that balance didn’t just shift—it went completely off-kilter.
If my friend spent $1,345.00 on a clear plastic bag, I would:
1. Smack her in the forehead a la “I could have had a V-8” style.
2. March her back to the store to return it.
3. Take her to lunch and see what I needed to do to help restore either her self-esteem or her overall sanity.
4. Write a letter to the editor of the magazine that recommended this purchase to find out what wine she was drinking so that I could have a glass as well the next time I needed to take complete leave of my senses.
Balance. Taking charge of our lives. Making good decisions. Becoming our authentic selves. Buying stunning shoes because they make us feel powerful and sexy. Embracing our thighs and our dysfunctional families. Becoming financially independent and fiscally savvy. Changing our world. Changing our children’s world. Reinventing ourselves. Listening to and following our passions. Spending an obscene amount of money on a plastic bag because of the designer label.
One of these things is not like the others. And it diminishes everything else on the list. Leave that to Style or Cosmo. MORE is typically above that.
1. Love the magazine . . . turned a gal pal onto it. She gave me a Xmas subscription last year. Alas, I only received three issues and nothing was ever done, and I called three times to complain. Now I just buy it from newsstand. Am a fan on Facebook, too.
2. Would love to see more features on women who are in their sixties. In attached photo, I'm in the middle, celebrating my 65th on May 12!!! Everyone says I don't look my age . . . and I am overcoming arthritis, severe osteoporosis, an incurable autoimmune disease and a stroke! Positive thinking and spirituality help!
3. One of my friends is Angela Paul . . . one of your over-50 model winners from years back. Is there any way that I can get a back issue so that I could see her feature? I'll pay!
4. Yours is the best publication for women!!
--Mei Ling Moore
I was SO excited to see the gorgeous swimsuits in your June issue. I was NOT so excited to see that, aside from the two-piece swimsuits, not a single suit appeared to come in cup sizes. According to the New York Times, WWD, NY Daily News and prominent bra retailers like Tomima of HerRoom, 36DD is the new average cup size. It was nice to see some suits in larger sizes, but finding a one-piece bathing suit to fit (let alone support) a large top has been a lifelong challenge for a lot of us. Buying a larger suit just doesn't cut it!
--Eileen Haas-Linde, Cape Coral, FL