I just got around to reading the October editor's letter and this is part of the reason I have not yet renewed by subscription. Your observations about the public's treatment of women were insightful and stupid all at the same time. It is a very valid point that people like to label women with one category or another and we all are faced with those challenges, but it so hard to be sympathetic when you use the "snippy concierge in Milan was rude to me" story. You poor baby. Are you so out of touch that you couldn't think of an example where this beauty vs. brains problem impacts women's lives, jobs, relationships in a significant and usually tragic way? And just wait, as you age and your beauty gets further and further away from societies ideal this problem changes to another one. You will be ignored on all levels, no longer considered beautiful or brainy. Your own magazine adds to the mix by constantly featuring women who have "just" made it past forty. It is like you can't wait for some celebrity to reach the magic number so you can flaunt them while consistently ignoring women at fifty, sixty or seventy.
You’re in good company along with T.V., movies, media, print, government, and business. Take just one area, TV, and name one positive role model of women over the age of fifty-five or sixty. Maybe you only want to appeal to a forty year old and if that is true congratulations you have succeeded. I feel I have outgrown your magazine and unfortunately there are no fashion and lifestyle mags for my age group which is why you can go to any mall in America and see a sea of women who have given up and walk around in their velour running suits and comfort walking shoes. No one designs for this age. No one champions the brains of this age group.
Oh, by the way I am fifty-eight and plan on being the sharpest, beauty wise and brain wise, woman in the nursing home!
I am responding to this article as it was brought to my attention by a co-worker who reads the magazine. In some aspects I do agree with some of the claims the author makes. However, when I think about people who do not have the education background enough to think about this topic for themselves and they then read this, I get upset as they now think it is ok to be overweight. As a professional in the field, I am more than qualified to say that is the association they make when they read those statements and it is not ok. It doesn’t make them a bad person however it is very irresponsible to give misleading information when we have a country that is dealing with a major health problem on more than one front. All related to excess weight!