The "funny" piece about a teen son's first dating adventures ("Mommy's Dearest Has a Date," pg 86) contains some sweeping and trite comments about things ranging from suburbs to teen girls' appearances to....well, a lot of things. I know satire can and should be sharp, even caustic. That's a big element, even. But I for one am bored by cliches about middle-America, tract homes, etc. I note with interest that one of the girls her son liked had parents who were concerned about safety in the author's not-suburban neighborhood. She takes umbrage at the suggestion that she would endanger a teen merely by hosting them in her home. Well, that same umbrage - right back atcha. Snide, snotty and dismissive are not good ways to communicate. This article, or essay - whatever you call it - is drenched in a sneering world view I reject and am not willing to pay for. Given that most (all?) of your content is online, free, I will opt out of paying for the subscription next time it is due. I might visit you online but only if free. I will email the many advertisers you have whom I patronize, to let them know I am no longer seeing their print ads. They could save some money there, maybe keep prices down.
I do not want a cent of my hard-earned money going to pay put-down artists like this one, whose lame attempts at humor fall flat and do not impress. I don't envy the young woman her son ends up with, should he marry. She sounds like she'd be a nightmare as a mother-in-law. Major fail.
Nan Connolly, Oviedo, Fla
I appreciate More Magazine and its goal of including all women's voices. As a mother, a teacher, and a naturalized citizen, I too am concerned with the state of our country. I am concerned that a young girl, in my home state, is living in a trailer without running water, because her home was destroyed by a fire. Concerned that we don't have a better support system for that family. I am concerned that "tent towns" have sprouted up around the country while CEO's are making un-precedented salaries. Concerned that we are paying lip service to "family values" while we actively destroy the country we proclaim to love.
Maria Katsaros-Molzahn, Wisconsin
Love "More." Good, fashion, good beauty info, good finances, good aging issues and well written, intelligent articles. And not a bimbo or skin kind of magazine. So, PLEASE, don't include politics. "More" is my respite after reading The NYT, WSJ, the Economist, Chicago Trib and the South Bend Trib.
Ellen Scherb, South Bend, IN
Thank you so much for your article on The Great Awakening of the Mommy Patriot. Unfortunately, too many media outlets, including women’s magazines, assume that every woman is and should be a Democrat and if you’re not there is something wrong with you. I am proud to say that I am a Republican and most women I know are as well. It’s about time that our voices are heard without fear of being labeled uneducated, old fashioned or the ever popular racist.
Michelle Legler, Cambridge, MA
Club Sandwich in your May 2011 issue states in "Helping Mr. No Job": "Don't expect him to become a house husband. Sure, he's at home, but that doesn't mean he's available for all the chores and child care..." Am I reading an issue of Ladies Home Journal from 1962? What should he be doing, sitting around watching the Golf Channel? Looking for work will not take 8 hours of every single day, let's be real. It is time for men to step up and share more responsibility in the home, unemployed or not. We don't need to applaud every time a dish actually goes into the sink or a bag of trash gets taken out. And we certainly don't need that kind of advice from an enlightened women's magazine.