Why would you put such a great article on the Chernobyl ladies who not only volunteer but knowingly put their their lives at risk, beside an article on surgically enhanced women whose vanity portrays our western weakness to look better and younger despite the pain and suffering in the rest of the world? What a contradiction in terms. I am surprised and disappointed at this magazines choice of article buddies I know you are trying to reach all types of readers..... but really?
I enjoy reading your magazine and the many ways you portray being over 40 as an exciting vibrant time for women.
However I was a little overwhelmed by your April issue - at least 9 ads for cosmetic products to make skin look "younger" and "reduce the signs of aging,” at least 3 ads for cosmetic procedures, and an article about the new and improved type of cosmetic surgery. And they all seemed to come in the first 2/3 of the magazine.
Reading the April issue, I got the impression that younger looking skin should really be a main concern for women at this time of life, and lotions, potions and surgery is what we should spend our disposable income on. The underlying message is that we should work hard and devote a lot of time and money to preventing any visible signs of aging. God forbid someone notice we're not 25.
I still think there are some women who approach beauty in their 40's the same way they approached it in their 20's - a little lipstick and we're good to go. There are so many other things we'd like to focus - and spend our hard-earned money - on.
Susan Denning, Portland OR
I have been a loyal subscriber and fan for many years. I don't know - was it this issue (April 2011) or the first time it became a problem for me? I was reading the book review of "Big Small Girl" on p. 32 -- and struggled heavily with seeing the words because of the light blue font. Is this font color new? I never noticed difficulty before. That said, I have recently started using cheaters. Love that you spice up the magazine with pops of color, but maybe a darker shade of blue would help those of us trying to age gracefully -- without holding the magazine at arm's length under the strongest light we can find.
Kristine Dippold, San Diego CA
Please consider putting more woman of color in your magazine. In your entire April issue including the ads, there were only 3 black women.
Thanks for listening.