This was the first time I had purchased More and I just want to say I loved it and cannot wait to read the November issue.
I totally agree with you that there should be no conflict between beauty and brains. When I moved to New England four years ago, I was amazed at how "Earthy/Crunchy" the women were here. Someone once said to me that women from this part of the country were higher achievers thus they probably did not see the need to do their hair and makeup each day as it was such a trivial matter. Where I come from (more southern parts) women are strong, proud, smart and in the bargain give a hoot about how they present themselves to the world. Personally I enjoy putting on my lipstick as I head out the door to face the day's challenges. It doesn't make me less an achiever nor does it make me vain, it makes me feel good about myself. My fondest memory is of my granny putting on her jewelry and lipstick up until she was 96 years old and believe me; she was just as much of a "higher achiever" as any crusty New Englander!
Also, I wanted to commend the article by Amanda Robb, "To Hell with Inner Beauty". Mother Nature was not kind to me growing up so I suffered the hurtful comments made by other kids and sometimes even adults. Imagine having two brothers and sister who were mistaken for movie stars only to have someone say "so what happened to you?” I'm all for a woman doing what she needs to do to feel better about herself. Nothing makes me more mad than having someone belittle a person for wanting to improve something about themselves. Let that person grow up feeling like a "4" in a world where women are basically ignored if they are not a 7 or above. My sister always says "let go of 3rd grade"...easy for her to say when she was the one mistaken for some actress! Ha ha.
Thank you for allowing me to rant on a bit.
Beauty/Brains or Brawn!? I, too, have had a happy balance by working hard and volunteering, “With all my different hats on!", and always tried to look my best. This has confused some people at times. A large portion of my life I lived on a 5 acre mini farm with pigs, goats, rabbits, chickens and tended 3 large gardens. The typical reaction was disbelief. What was I supposed to look like?
Here's hoping that the only stereo-typing we'll do is listening to music in stereo while typing!
P.S. My daughter is a Boston College and NYU grad. with a Doctorate degree. She also has performed and competed in Fitness & Bikini venues. Her introduction was always preceded by "Dr."!
P.P.S. Love More! Beauty and great articles. (I read it for the articles! Tee- Hee!)
First off, I love your magazine. It has always been the one I read from cover to cover in one sitting. Even Oprah’s magazine does not warrant my attention. However the article listed above stopped me in my tracks and made me sad and angry too. Ms. Harrison is speaking about wanting a third child and about the possibility of it being born with Down Syndrome.... in her words...
I wanted a third child, and the line we’d drawn between us and the possibility of Down Syndrome or any other blight...... BLIGHT??????
My husband and I have a daughter with Down Syndrome and NEVER ever felt she was blight. Emily is a wonderful young women, 22 years old who lives a full life with us, works and get paid for it, has a social network, and is happy and a kind human being..
So please I ask the editor to be careful on what is submitted and the words people use. I am offended when people use such language to refer to people with disabilities.
I would appreciate you sending this on to the author. I also hope in the future articles are reviewed more carefully.
I've watched your magazine go through a transformation over the past year or so. Every issue gets better and better, but the October issue was fabulous! It's the first issue I have read every article all of the way through, and the magazine cover to cover. Thank you!