Letters About the October Issue: Part I

Readers respond to the October issue.

By the More.com editors

It would figure that the woman who wrote “Cowboys Are My Weakness” (Pam Houston) would make sense of what I’m feeling in “Mad Women.” I was expecting hot flashes, but not these kind of hot flashes—which I seem to get once or twice a week. But, now I get it.
And now I get why the biggest laugh at the Bo Pelini Foundation’s Football 101 breast cancer fundraiser was the spoof T-shirt design: “I’m running out of estrogen and I have a gun.” Those of us teetering on the brink of menopause laughed our collective you-know-what-off.
Thank you Pam Houston and MORE. You just sealed it and I’m renewing my subscription!
Jackie Fox
Omaha, NE

 

Beauty Anger Go-Round 
In response to Lesley Jane Seymour’s "Do You Feel Beauty Anger?" I feel no beauty anger towards whether you touch up women on your covers.

But, what I do feel is anger about is your choice of cover girls. I can’t imagine that most of your 40 plus readers are interested in celebrities and their professionally prepared diets, the clothing their stylists chooses for them, or their work-out routines streamlined by trainers.
Your magazine used to have articles that actually appealed to the mature woman, but now you’re going the way of every other celebrity-driven publication. Celebrities have already taken the lion’s share of magazine covers. Why not bring back the original cover girl? Models!
Carol White
Delray Beach, FL
 

Hot Button Politics
Lynn Sherr’s profile of Nancy Pelosi in "The Most Powerful Woman In U.S. History," is a model of balanced reporting, substantive analysis, and breezy readability. Sherr breathed life into a public figure who too often is characterized by her looks, clothes, and the suggestion that she somehow misuses her power.  

 
What troubles me, however, is the cover line MORE gave the piece: " We Sit Down With The Most Hated Woman in America."  Can you quantify that claim?  More to the point, was that your take-away from the article?  It wasn’t mine. The cover misrepresents the article for the transparent purpose of luring readers. This may be common practice in tabloids but it shouldn’t be yours since it grossly distorts the essence of Sherr’s report, skews its findings, and thus does a disservice to Pelosi and every woman who takes heart from the Speaker’s breakthrough role in American political life.  If you needed hyperbole, why not make the cover line: "The Most Admired Woman in America." This is as true and unprovable as the cover line you chose.
 
It seems to me that the title of the piece itself, "The Most Powerful Woman in U.S. History," would have been lure enough and have the virtue of being demonstrably true.
 
Since MORE was founded among other reasons, to honor the achievements of older women, I believe you have a special responsibility to err on the side of supporting rather than denigrating the women featured in your pages. At minimum, you have an obligation to compose cover lines that accurately represent what the writer has written.

 Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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