We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2011 Issue

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I am writing to make a few suggestions about the anti-aging advertisements in your magazine, More. It seems as if every kind of these ads has negative statements about maturing women and their appearance. One of your ads from the April 2011 edition reads: "Say hello to the real me"...eb5 brings out the real you by helping reduce the impact aging has on our skin.....Leave the signs of aging to masquerade parties-and show the world the real you." How in the world is a mature woman supposed to feel good about aging when they see an ad such as this? As a woman of 28, I even find it offensive that it seems as if I or any other woman with crow's feet isn't "real" without this cream. Whatever happened to beauty from the inside out? Another ad in the same April 2011 edition states the same kind of thing..."You are beautiful. Stay that way with Ceramide restorative capsules." I understand that the aging process can be a harsh kind of reality for us women, but it would be appreciated if the ads were uplifting, not degrading in saying that one must use cream, capsules, Botox and so on, in order to be beautiful. Outside beauty may fade naturally over time, but inner beauty lasts a lifetime. After all, is that not the kind that ladies should focus on foremost? Just a suggestion and an eye opener. Does a mature woman have to use these products to be smart, wise, and strong? I suggest things in your magazines that boost natural beauty. Face it, we all get old, but anyone can be beautiful on the outside like a rose and be cold as ice on the inside. Media encourages women to be vain about appearance, rather than focusing on becoming a strong, kind-hearted person. Sure, there are some positive images about that, but not nearly enough, and there should be more advocates for inner beauty. That is my focus in this e-mail to you...I would certainly appreciate any feedback that you and/or your team may have. Thank you very much for your attention in this matter.
--Debra Riese

"Fat? Who Cares!" is one of those counter-to-everything-else-in-the-issue articles More runs consistently. Losing weight is hard. WAH! Just quit trying, you poor thing, and have a cookie (or a dozen).

Read the statistics put forth by Linda Bacon carefully. They're not great news for overweight/obese women. We, as a country, need to get moving and stop overeating. That's how you lose weight, folks. Keep with it and it'll work. (I say that as someone who achieved a 50+ pound weight loss and have maintained it for nearly 25 years.)

When are we, as a country, going to reassume embracing what is difficult instead of opting for the easy way out every. Freaking. Time? And making up excuses to justify taking the easy out? What example does that set for our ever-fatter children?

Ms. Bacon has an agenda, and you gave her a(nother) platform to further it. Yes, yo-yo dieting is bad. Dieting itself is bad, because it implies that you will go off it. Embracing eating in moderate quantities and exercising--a lifestyle commitment--is the key to successful weight loss. Yes, it's that easy.

Grow up, folks, and stop whining. Just do what you know you need to do.
--MaryEllen Smith, Columbia, MD
I enjoyed your letter in the October edition, "Ending the Beauty v. Brains Debate". I'm a litigation attorney where women are making their mark in what was once an area of the law dominated by powerful men. The area of law I primarily practice--intellectual property litigation--is even less populated by women. I see the conflict women face when trying to work within the walls of this male-dominated area of the law. Some take the path of abandoning all femininity in the hopes of being taken "seriously". This comes at a price, however, because as in every aspect of life, you get more flies with honey. I and a number of other women in my law firm take the approach of being strong and powerful coupled with feminine sweetness. The impact is profound--with opposing counsel, third party witnesses, deponents, etc. It truly is possible to practice law shoulder to shoulder with powerful men without abandoning feminine attributes in an attempt to be considered a formidable team member and opponent...which is liberating, as I enjoy donning a pretty suit and lipstick while kicking butt!

First Published September 26, 2011

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Kiyomi Irihara11.19.2011

THANK YOU for selecting a lovely woman of color as your Grand Prize Beauty Search Winner. She and all the other women exude beauty from within as well. My first More Magazine was purchased from the newstand as I was attracted to the cover picture of Ann Curry. She and I share similar backgrounds and it was great to read about her. What I (and many other of my friends) would like to see is an increased number of women of color on the COVER of your magazine as featured bios. There are a plethora of talented and accomplished women to choose from in the entertainment industry. Be Brave, Lesley, do it! You'll be amazed at the results.
A faithful reader,

Julie Watters10.26.2011

I just received my very first issue of More. I subscribed after hearing several friends speak favorably of the magazine and the fact it's geared towards women my age.
On page 142 of the October 2011 issue, in the article entitled "Death and the Maidens" the author states Rebekah Adams (one of the "Maidens") "studied communications in college and did stints in the air force and the Minnesota Air National Guard..."
As an Air Force daughter,wife and mom, it is important to point out one does not do "stints" in our nation's military. A person takes an oath to uphold our constitution and obey the orders of our President. That same military member, no matter how long or short the time served, is laying his/her life on the line in service for our freedoms. It is disappointing to me More chose to say someone did stints in the military. One does stints working in the service industry, retail, etc. Also, the words Air Force should be capitalized as were Minnesota Air National Guard.
All our service members, past, present and future, as well as our branches of service, rather or not you agree with with the mission, should have our utmost respect.
I thought long and hard about making this comment and have come to the conclusion, in light of our Nation's current situation, it's important my voice is heard.


As much as I usually enjoy reading the articles in MORE, to see the lovely clothes and accessories' descriptions followed by "price available upon request" does NOT make me want to inquire about their(obviously)ridiculously, unrealistic cost.
When did it become accepted practice to fill the pages of magazines with items that perhaps only 10% of the population(if that)could even aspire to purchase?
In today's economy, I think this behavior is beyond
irresponsible...unless your intent is to further depress your over-50 readers, thereby causing them to require even more of the medications produced by the drug makers who provide so many of the ads we must wade through in each issue.
It seems to me that you have lost sight of your target audience: real women OVER 40.
Lets get back to realistic prices, please.

Adele Ellis10.15.2011

I look forward to the diverse issues in each of your magazines. There is always a topic that seems to be a part of my life and appears at the right moment. One of the articles in the October 2011 issue was about the migraine addition link. I have suffered from migraines for many years and finally went to a neurologist last April after begging my PCP to let me go to a specialist. The neurologist did give me a prescription for a triptan drug to stop an attack but what he really gave me that has actually stopped my migraines was a vitamin regime. His office and partnership shares this "cocktail" of vitamins to purchase that for me was a godsend. I was suffering from migraines that lasted at least three days two or three times a month and since April I haven't had one yet (this is mid October.) I maybe "jinxing" myself saying this but having been 6 months migraine free I'm happy enough with that! I am in perimenopause as well and know that the vitamins may be part of the factor as well as my hormone changes but I was curious why this type of solution wasn't mentioned in the article. Is this only offered by few doctors? It's not a cure-all but something certainly worth investigating.

PB Lear10.09.2011

I generally am inspired by the article in MORE magazine, which is why I subscribe; however, I am very disappointed in your Healthy Eating article in the October 2011 issue. It was misleading and full of incongruous statements. For example, the very first paragraph states that the authors of a recent report indicate that “the authors question why doctors and other medical experts routinely counsel overweight people to get rid of extra pounds even though scientists, after decades of intense research, have yet to find a reliable prescription for weight loss”. The idea that medical experts counsel people to lose weight and the idea that scientists haven’t found a reliable method for losing weight have nothing to do with each other. Doctors know that people need to be at a healthy weight to maintain their health, and the solution is actually quite simple - - people need to take responsibility for themselves better by eating right and getting regular exercise.
Being overweight is very problematic, and yet the interview with a purported nutrition professor indicated that it is not nearly as bad as we might think. Wrong! Excess weight leads to a lack of energy, a lack of self-esteem, and a multitude of potential health problems that can be prevented at healthy weights. This is common sense. I have personally been 30 – 40 pounds overweight for at least 10 years, so I know how difficult it is to lose and keep weight off, especially given the temptations in our society and eating habits, but that’s no excuse to encourage people to stay unhealthy.
The article did nothing to encourage healthier eating and/or regular exercise. It didn’t make any constructive suggestions. In my opinion, that article does a disservice to your readers. It should have been better balanced in numerous ways.

AM 10.06.2011

I'm not the biggest fan of your magazine to be honest. I received a subscription as a birthday gift :/ BUT, the article written by Amanda Robb, telling us about her "plastic surgery" and her young daughter telling her it was "about time" was simply offensive. I wish Amanda would have spent her $25,000 on therapy instead of fixing her face. Seems to me she has much bigger problems then not be the prettiest woman around. Her poor daughter is doomed. Shame on you More.

Love your magazine - but what were you all thinking when choosing the photo accompanying the great bit on "Sexist Nostalgia"? Too graphic. I had to rip the photo out of the magazine in order to comfortably focus on the article. Yes, the photo represents the fact that she "thwarts a rapist by stabbing him with her stiletto." Yes, I look to your magazine for the “beauty and brains” features that Lesley Jane Seymour talks about in the Editor’s Letter. However, I’m not looking to your magazine for graphic representation of violence. There are plenty of other media outlets for that.


Enjoyed all the articles in your October issue but none more than 'Big Love". Touching and filled with kindness and compassion, made me weep tears of joy and hope.
Thank you so much for including this lovely story in your magazine. It's timely and very, very important!

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