We Hear You! Letters from the April Issue

by the More.com Editors

I have just received my second issue (per subscription) of More (April 2011) and could not be  "more" pleased.  When I get an issue, I tend to savor, and stretch out reading it for as long as I can.  It is the only magazine I subscribe to and read it cover to cover.  All of the articles are relevant to me or someone I know.  The article on pain, hit home.  My 70-year-old mother has been in pain for 6 years.  Her personality changed; she is not the mom we once knew.  She has spent thousands, and has been to every doctor in Southern California, to no avail.  No one takes her seriously.  Hopefully, the suggestions will help in her next appointment.  The article on the survivors of Chernobyl was especially chilling.  As I was reading, the Japan reactor crisis was getting worse...how eerie, prophetic, and alarming.  The story of the troubled son and his mother's heartbreaking ordeal also resonates.  I have a son who is equally difficult (although for different reasons) and it is always encouraging to hear that I am not alone.  My favorite articles are the ones where women my age (53) have prevailed and triumphed.  After getting laid off in 2009 due to the current economic woes, I am currently going back to school to get a Bachelors Degree in Green and Sustainable Enterprise Management in hopes of catching the Eco wave of employment opportunity.  I also am pursuing LEED certification.  It appeals to me that I can be of service to our planet and to our next generation.  They are our country's greatest natural resource, after all. 

Please keep up the good work and thank you.  My world is a bit more encouraged thanks to More.

De Anza

 

I was among your first subscribers, but after much thought, I have decided not to renew.  Here is why.  Although you aim the magazine at older women readers, you deliberately chose to feature a small segment of those readers in photos and in stories: those who are thin and look like models, a far cry from the average 50+ year old.  For many years, I have subscribed to two British Magazines, Good Housekeeping and Women and Home.  Both are focused on older women, like More,  and are very fashion forward, exciting, and high end.  And yet in every issue both feature real women who are neither thin nor look like models.  Even though these subscriptions are relatively expensive, this feature is so important and inspiring to me, that those are subscriptions I will continue. I might add that I am not over weight, am very conscious of dressing well, and consider myself a myself a good role model for what the real 66 year old woman is like. I had hoped that More would be a magazine that I could subscribe to forever.  I am truly sorry that it is not.
Antonia Dosik, Yellow Springs OH

 

Reading the letters to editor I see that I am not alone in noticing a disturbing trend taking over More - the not so subtle shift from featuring over 40's to over 35.  You seem to be implying that there just aren’t enough interesting women over 40 to fill the pages these days, but I always thought the point of your magazine was that that tired cliché just isn't true.   I started reading More shortly after my 40th birthday five years and was thrilled to find a magazine devoted to my new age group!
And what's going on with the abysmal fashion features - most recently the disco duds (all pun intended) worn by a 36 year old?  Couldn't find any attractive women over 40 that look good in great clothes either?  Was that a rejected Vogue shoot?
I truly hope you get enough negative feedback from your readership so that you stick to the original target audience. 
And don't worry, the women aged 35-39 that you are SO desperate to feature will eventually join the club - just make them earn it by doing what comes naturally:  growing up a bit more!   (And then they'll be even more interesting.)
I have really enjoyed your magazine and really hope I will have reason to continue doing so.
Chrystyna Garrigan, West Caldwell, NJ

 

First Published March 23, 2011

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Kris Sandhu05.05.2011

Bravo! my favorite reading is the fashion magazines, I always can learn much from them. Every time when I see the fashion journal, I like to be more and nore fashionable, so now I like shopping online and look for some special and fashionable accessaries, I think the coolest accessary is sunglasses, most of my sunglasses were bought on www.tomfordsunglassess.com. a reliable website for Tom Ford sunglasses. To be a trendsetter in this colorful season.

Martha Holden05.01.2011

When my sister gave me a subscription to MORE magazine a few years ago, I was pleasantly surprised with your articles. However, I was so disappointed to see an article like "The New Face-Life Fill'er Up!" in your magazine. Is this what really makes us "Women of Style & Substance"? I think not. What kind of an example and values are we giving to young women with articles such as these? The women featured in the article about Chernobyl are the ones with the real courage, not the ones who need Botox and face lifts. This is REAL life for these women who, despite all odds, have lived their lives with faith and courage through such a horrific disaster. Their white hair, facial wrinkles, and beautiful eyes show more meaning and "substance" to their lives than any woman with a face lift.

Leslie Casper05.01.2011

I have been a subscriber for many years. I found this issue to be extremely disappointing. I agree that the "bad boy" list was in very poor taste, and I disagree with the argument that it was meant to be humorous. It felt like a slap back to "an old boy's club" generation. I also would like to see fewer articles on surgical ways to "improve" ourselves. Let's read More about working with what we have and the faces/bodies we have earned to reach this time in our lives. We can't all be thin, cosmetically designed and wear contacts! Let's get More real!!!

Alice Green04.20.2011

I like to see your fashion feature. It is helpful to how to design dress. I am a 39 year old woman dating a younger man who is 28 young. We met a cougar dating site: Cougarslife.info. He often asks me out. I have a good time in the site.


Hey Gerri: sorry you didn't enjoy the Men We Love list. We were having a bit of fun and that is why we said it was men we love against our better judgement and listed their flaws. We were not meaning for anyone to take these suggestions seriously. Didn't mean to offend

Gerri 04.16.2011

I bought More to read on a plane. I had been curious about the magazine in the past and finally got around to reading an issue. Your "men we love" list was truly offensive and disgusting--chock full of misogynists and abusers, bullies and fools. I was embarrassed to be seen reading it. I won't buy your publication again.

Liz Lucier04.01.2011

I am with Jody Meier...I was absolutely disgusted by your "bad boys" list....number one is a man who verbally abused his daughter...and a rapist on the list. As a domestic abuse survivor, let me tell you, there is nothing appealing or redeeming about abuse. Just because you think someone is "hot" or talented does not take away from their very basic characters. And then the inside photo of Kate Walsh...it belonged in a men's magazine. This issue really rubbed me the wrong way and I really don't think I will be picking up another one.

Stephanie 03.23.2011

I would love to see your food features have animal-free options. Vegan/vegetarian foods have never been more popular, and the variety and options available are infinite. It's way more sin free and skinnified to just do without the meat (and butter and cheese and cream)!
~ Stephanie

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