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I received the April 2011 issue of More in the mail by some error. I did not order it but may have failed to check a box on some business-reply form to indicate NO, I DO NOT WANT A FREE MAGAZINE. "For women of style and substance" suggests More than the magazine delivers. It offers nothing not already available in other magazines. I was hoping for some depth but found More celebrity worship, obsession with wrinkles (getting rid of them, putting creams on them, covering them up with make-up) and imagery of women that I found neither stylish nor substantial.
I understand you target a "demographic" (me: 57, female, divorced, post-graduate degree, no children) so I completed your survey to provide feedback. The survey and your magazine do not confront the obvious problem for publications of your type: You exist to sell advertising and advertisers (still predominantly male) are the master you must please. As long as that is true, you will likely dish up More of the same. Don't give up -- just tell me how to stop my subscription.
"We Hear You."
No, let's not say that. You don't. We liked having a magazine that celebrated women over 40, and you've removed that from your masthead.
Your article about Holli Thompson who "turned her life around" by eating naturally -- which she will help you do for a mere $2,000 -- gave me pangs of sympathy as I thought about how her struggles with allergies and other problems had left her with fat lips, shown in her photo.
Fat lips. And then I realized that Ms. Thompson's idea of a "natural" life is somewhat different from mine -- she paid someone quite a bit of money to get her fat lips, and she probably believes they enhance her appeal.
So, you can't sell products to "natural" people who don't want fat lips, and that's why you no longer cater to women over 40???
I find myself in a love/hate relationship with More Magazine. While i find most of the content relevant and educational - I just don't "see myself" as an African American woman well represented consistently in who you are trying to attract. I get it - your data is saying you can get us by simply speaking to the General Market. Not cool. Nice to see you have a couple of diverse accomplished women coming up at your great conference in LA - but I would encourage us all to "dig a little deeper" - there are rich layers of flavor in diverse communities on the same topics you cover. What a world you would open up! PEACE!
Well, have you "jumped (the More Magazine) shark". The April issue may be the death knell of my subscription. The Men We Love article was insulting, at best. I thought this magazine was about evolving as we age, yet the cads (Against Our Better Judgment) and the prepubescent boys (Mrs Robinson) reduced you to the status of Cosmopolitan. And I very much agree with the "ads" for youthfulness disguised as articles comment by another viewer. If I wanted Cosmo, I would subscribe to that magazine. Get a grip, and go back to writing quality articles, or lose some subscribers. If you have gained more because of this swill, than I surrender my place to them.
I would like to thank Jacquelyn Mitchard for her memoir, "The Lost Boy". As the mother of twin 14-year-old boys, I try not to second-guess my decisions and philosophy in raising them to be good men. Jacquelyn's introspection and bravery in sharing her story (nightmare?) touched my heart. Recently having one of the boys return home after staying with a friend because he was afraid of losing his temper and hurting his brother, I was happy to hear I am not alone in the challenges of dealing with a lovable, but unlikable, child. More than that, the happy ending validates my unending hope for both my sons.
have always enjoyed More magazine because it seemed different from the rest. However, laterly all it seems to have are articles that seem more like commercials; “best makeup, have to buy this for wrinkles”, etc. Is there any product that you DONT like?
This is also the case with the article of reverse mortgages. There is a very important factor that was not mentioned. If you are the last one living in the home and have to go to a nursing home, there is a deadline of how long you can be there without losing your home. In other words, you may not have a home to go back to if you have been in nursing home for an extended time.
I loved the article A Country of Women. Anyone who couldn't read it because of a supposedly offensive picture needs a dose of reality. Animals do have to die in order for people to eat them. These women are living in Chernobyl while you are sitting in your posh American house/apartment guzzling Starbucks and eating organic grapes. They are surviving and doing it very sufficiently. American farm life has to be quite repugnant to you as well. How intolerant of you!
I wish I could read the article "A Country of Women" but I can't get past the Images. I agree with KateM, the pictures are offensive. I'm seriously considering canceling my subscription.
Shame on you KateM and Cherie ... take a do-over and rethink your comments. MORE is an outstanding publication and one to which I will subscribe for years to come! The April issue is outstanding and you two are fools to miss it! As someone currently seeking new employment in a touch economy, I embrace stories of women who tough out the rough parts of their lives and celebrate the better/happier moments as they come along. I applaude MORE for it's heart renching "mother's story" by Wisconsin's own Jacqueline Mitchard and for the So timely and sad but yet uplifting store of the Babushka's in the Ukraine. Only women can brave these situations and find the good in each day. Women are unique people ... I am proud to be a subscriber to MORE for celebrating this fact in each edition! Keep up the good work, Lois in Wisconsin
I don't read More to see images like the offensive and brutal photo (April issue "A Country of Women") of a Russian woman triumphantly holding a knife over a dead pig. That image and the accompanying paragraphs about the hostile woman depicted turned me off from reading the rest of the article. Ugh.
I was very disappointed to see you glorifying NM governor Susana Martinez in your magazine just because she is a woman. Since coming in office, her plans have included getting rid of our commuter and eco-friendly train, destroying our valuable film industry, and reopening dangerous uranium mines.
This contest is such a scam...any contest that asks for money is trying to rip you off! It is only about how many votes you can round up, nothing to do with beauty inside or out! You should be ashamed of ripping these poor women off MORE magazine...If just one woman reads this and doesn't enter this foolish contest, I have done my job! SOOOOOO dissapointed in this magazine for woman! YEAH, RIGHT
In reference to the story given by the contestant Ava St Pierre Cogburn. This is not a factual story. Her mother was my sister and she was never abusive to her children. She had a mental illness brought on after having 7 children in a very short time and back in that time there was not the right medication to help her depression like there would be today. She was never abusive with her children. She had a difficult marriage and her husband left her for the mistress who is getting the credit for raising her children. She loved them all so much. Her son Avas brother Mark Evan did not die from child abuse as stated in her story he contacted spinal meningitis as a baby. He eventually died from it years later noted on his birth certificate. My sister was a loving mother and person who lived a very difficult life who unfortunately came into a dreadful disease of mental illness. She was very smart and very beautiful before this dreadful disease took over her life. What man would have 7 children with a woman if she abused his children? I do not think it would take 7 children to figure this out if this was true. That is because it was not true. Besides this she lost all her children to another woman who left with her husband and took them to another state. She could not be a part of her childrens lives ever again.
It would be nice if my sister would get some credit for bringing into this world 7 beautiful children prior to this dreadful disease taking the best years of her own life away. She now deserves to rest in peace since she is not here to defend herself. I am speaking for her.
I do find it offensive that a daughter comes out with this information the first time in her 50 years of life and puts this complete distorted story in a contest for a prize of $10,000. Money should never be the motivation of this unfortunate type of story especially if it is not truthful and factual. This contestant should be removed from the contest. It is unfortunate that voters are not aware of this false information and they are being lead to believe it.
I have heard numerous other people have commented to your magazine that this was not a truthful story including other relatives and some of her own siblings.
In my sisters memory I would appreciate you listening to our comments and not reward this contestant Ava St Pierre Cogburn any winnings and have her removed immediately.
I look forward to your response back.
am I totally missing something or what? I can't find the forums. are they gone? and if so, why? I realize that there wasn't the traffic that's on LHJ-but those of us who participated did have fun
Terribly disappointed!! I wish I could get my $10 back. I just got my first issue. I won't be bringing the rest of them home from the Post Office. The design is terrible, the content is limited and shallow and uninteresting. The photographic layouts look like they were done by a high school class. There is no hook, no pizazz, nothing thought provoking. Pretty bad over all. Hate that I fell for your false advertising.
Thank you so much for your answer concerning my question on the More Beauty Search Contest. I appreciate your response and feel reassured that More Magazine would not be part of an endeavor that would mislead their readers. I wish all of the entrants good luck and have enjoyed reading their inspirational profiles.
Dear Shelley Weyand,
Thank you for subscribing to More! Please note that a magazine subscription may take up to 3 months to start--it is not an automatic process, due to the fact that magazines are printed 3 months in advance. If you ordered your subscription in early February, it has been 5 weeks at most. If you have concerns about your order, please call customer service at 1-888-616-7679. Thank you.
Thanks so much for writing More and for your interest in the More Beauty Search Contest. As the Marketing Director of More, I wanted to reply to your question. Per the Official Contest Rules as posted on the Beauty Search web site, the Sponsor (Meredith Corporation/More magazine) has the discretion to apply the Rules for the contest, and decisions of the Sponsor regarding the rules are binding and final. We are unable to advise you as to which, if any, Beauty Search entries may be disqualified from the contest, but please be assured that the Official Rules will be interpreted and applied uniformly for all Beauty Search entries. I hope this answers your question. Thank you again for your inquiry.
I am disaponited that when friends, family go to vote on the beauty search that they have to register to your site to vote........that does not seem right nor do people have time to do that, and what if its a guy??
I don't understand why More magazine is accepting professional pictures from some the entrants of the Beauty Search contest. The rules specify that the entry cannot be a professional photo and it appears that at least 20% of them are. That doesn't seem fair to the entrants who obey the rules and submit a snapshot. I am not sure if the editors read this site, but surely someone could screen the entries as they are submitted to give everyone an equal chance. Is there anyway to receive a response on this question?
I'm very disappointed in this magazine's customer service department. I paid for my subscription in the first week of Feb. 2011. I contacted customer service twice...most recently this past Monday asking where is my first issue. No one has emailed me with a reply and now I've cancelled and put in a request for a refund. I was thinking of getting this magazine as a gift for a few ladies in my community ladies group...I doubt that will happen.
I have been a loyal reader for three years. I also am up for renewal. I have been so disappointed in the last two issues that I have read...Molly Sims? Bridget Moynahan? Really??!!I will not renew until you get back on track..there are plenty of beautiful,interesting,confident and talented women over forty that can be featured...You can do better. And shame on you for the shallow and self serving articals...the Amy Davidson "contribution"??...and just so you know,I want to look great AT MY AGE..If I wanted that "fluff", I'ld read People or Glamour! Get it back together.
I read the blurb in the March edition called "Wikipedia Wants You" (page 22)... And I can answer your question about why more women don't contribute. I wrote for Wikipedia for over a year, and I can tell you, the climate there can be quite hostile. And the hostility doesn't just come from male contributors; I had so many nasty run-ins with other female writers, I eventually gave up. Because writing for Wikipedia requires a lot of work, research, and dedication (for which you are NOT paid), the hostile environment there makes it not worth persuing in most cases.
I chalk it up to two factors: 1) an abundance of the well-known phenomenon of people using the cover of anonymity to behave badly, and 2) the fact that a venue like this attracts a large percentage of "know-it-alls" which can be frustrating for a writer just starting out.
Just as I was considering the renewal to More sitting near my checkbook, I flipped through the March issue. It did not take long to see Amy Davidson's insults to Governor Sarah Palin. Governor Palin did not step down as governor to star in a reality show. She stepped down to avoid putting Alaskans through defending tedious, costly lawsuits hurled their way by parasitic attackers. In essence, she allowed Alaskans to get on with the business of being Alaskans without the rigors of national politics. I am insulted by the lack of integrity shown by Ms. Davidson. We must not allow anyone to demean us, regardless of our politics. Consider my subscription non-renewable.
I am 44 and love More magazine, the articles are interesting and the fashion is mostly wearable. The one article I did not like was the excerpt from Ms. Roach's book. This woman is a complete whiner, in my opinion. The only reason she can be "retired" at 56 is because of the job at Martha Stewart that she constantly complained about. How fortunate for her to have a weekend home to escape to. And by the way,are we supposed to feel she has had a rough life with her $5,000 Saks shopping sprees and weekends at Miraval? Give me a break; show me someone real, who has to work (whether or not at their ideal job)to support a family, but finds balance and joy in life.
I loved MORE when you truly celebrated the mature beauty, wisdom and accomplishments of women 40, 50 and older. Lately too many of your beauty and fashion articles focus on anti-aging. I'd much prefer to see editorial content, fashion, photographs and advertisements that showcase us being the best we can be -- not trying to turn back the clock. I'd love to honor designers creating fashion for real and still beautiful women at 40, 50 and older. My friends and I -- all in our late 40's and 50's are very happy with who we are, and are bored by anti-aging articles.
With the sheer number of Baby Boomers, I would think your audience would be better served by showcasing women who are fabulous at 50.
I LOVE MORE ... I'm 44 and the format, content and even the pictures inspire me. I don't really notice the ages but all the women you depict are women of depth and character .... not sure I care so much what their age is.
Keep it coming and just got the March issue - Chloe Sevigny is wearing this AMAZING black dress on page 18 ... what designer is that? I want it. :-) Cheers!
"More magazine Celebrating Women Over 40"
Molly Sims is 38 and the March issue features Bridget Moynahan who is 39. Who's next, Lady Gaga?
I requested an issue sent to me for review. Frankly, I couldn't find anything interesting in the magazine, so I cancelled, never receiving another issue. I have repeatedly requested that you cancel my subscription, but yet I have received 4 or 5 past due notices. Does not your staff understand that after the cancellation, one no longer wants to receive your magazine. And yet today, I receive another past due. I DO NOT WANT TO SUBSCRIBE TO MORE - can you hear me now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So... Molly Sims, Chloe Sevigny... could it be that More has run out of beautiful and interesting women over 40?
What does it take to cancel a subscription to this magazine? I tried on October 19,2010 and I am still getting the magazine. When I subscribed it was with a money back guarantee. I guess they will stall until my subscription runs out in October 2011!
How come when I submit many good articles to More.com, they only reviewed a few and accepted two and published them. Two others were asked to be shortened and I have never heard since. It would be nice to be informed as to whether or not you want to publish them on More.com
Thanks Mrs. Elita Sohmer Clayman Baltimore, Md
I have been a long time subscriber and have noticed you don't publish the age of the models anymore. They all look very young also. I was excited when this magazine came out because it was directed to an older woman. Not so much anymore. Sad to say, I will not be renewing my subscrition. I am sure this won't matter to anyone at More. Oh, by the way, I am educated, 59 years young, and have money to spend. If I want to see young girls, I could have bought any number of other magazines.
How come you don't mention the ages of the women you profile or the models you feature anymore? The main reason why I loved More is that I felt you were acknowledging the middle aged woman but now I feel like you are trying to minimize it and just trying to grab a bigger audience. Very disappointing.
Is there a reason why none of the PDFs on training to do the MORE 1/2 or full marathon are to found ANYWHERE? I used one to train for a 1/2 last year and now none of the links work. I also subscribe to the 1/2 marathon newsletter and none of those links work either. Thanks!
I am disappointed in the article from newsmaker in the December 2010/January2011 issue, entitled "Health Reformer in Chief" This was obviously a cheer leading effort to promote the head of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama Administration position on health care. Why no opposing view point? Only promotion of how great this is for women, when it is not. How about making these balanced? Contact Dr. David Janda and ask him about the program. Here are just a few things that are wrong with the reform: * Rations and denies access to healthcare. Denying access to healthcare is the most inhumane and unethical means of cutting costs;
* Costs $1 TRILLION ( $100 Billion more than The Senate Bill) ;
* Creates over 110 Federal Agencies, commissions and boards;
* Creates The Health Insurance Rate Authority….a direct violation of States’ Rights;
* Establishes a “ Comprehensive Database” on Americans;
* Establishes Individual and Employer Mandates (Mr. Obama’s own Chair of Council of Economic Advisors has stated that this alone would cost 5.5 Million jobs….more unemployment.);
* Institutes $748 Billion in new taxes;
* Cuts Medicare by $500 Billion, over a period when 30% MORE Americans will be added to Medicare rolls, (You do the math…);
* Imposes $136 Billion in tax hikes on working families making LESS THAN $250,000 (Americans for Tax Reform Analysis);
* Ends Medicare Advantage Program for Seniors and forces them to a more expensive plan with less benefits;
* Applies Medicare Tax to unearned income;
* Increases Medicare Payroll Tax from 2.95 to 3.8%; and
* Increases unfunded mandates on every State.
* Increases Capital Gains tax rate as of 2014 to 23.8%
* Creates 16,000 jobs for the IRS to implement penalties for those not buying insurance
You have done a disservice to women.
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