I have had a trial subscription and have been very disappointed. I am 45 and was expecting a magazine for women my age that would enlighten, educate, and guide me through various life situations, as well as give reasonable beauty, health, and fashion advice. There has only been one article that has been of interest to me in the past five issues.
Women need career advice and career change advice that is applicable to those who aren't already CEOs or Directors. The average woman does not have a six-figure salary, or even enough savings to get her through the next two months if she were to lose her job. She may also not have a degree or be able to go back to school. The average woman also does not have the ability to buy Prada shoes and $1000 blouses. A guide for those who have to shop discount, consignment, and thrift stores is more realistic, especially in today's economy. And for those that are single with an average salary, counting on a spouse’s income to bootstrap a new business endeavor or buy expensive clothes is not part of the picture.
Advice for women who are thrown into the charge of caring for elderly and ill parents is another area that you should be covering. Again, single women trying to juggle a job and elder care have a whole other set of problems. They may also be beginning to face their own health issues on top of this, with perhaps no health insurance.
The magazine industry is missing one of the largest markets out there by not having something dedicated to the extraordinary average woman. Just like the clothing industry that doesn't design beautiful clothes for a size 12 or above. When are you all going to learn?
Are You Experienced?
I say shame on you for your mischaracterization once again of Ms Sarah Palin as inexperienced.
Please note that she has far more executive experience than your revered Obama. Your liberal bias is showing and it is quite unbecoming. Ms Palin has a better understanding of world events and the solutions we need for this country than Obama and his supporting staff of the likes of you and yours - socialists, liberals and liars.
Men You Could Do Without
While I generally love your magazine, the "Men We Love" feature made me sad that some tree had given its life for such drivel. "Men we would go Mrs. Robinson for,” really? Hard to imagine that you'd have been as comfortable if this was a men’s magazine running a "Women we would go Humbert-Humbert for.” And, "Men we love against our better judgment"? Julian Assange? Including him AT ALL considering the multiple sexual misconduct allegations shows truly poor judgment. Definitely not befitting of a magazine "For Women of Style and Substance.”
Vicki Cox, Missoula, MT
I am a 60-year-old woman who was extremely disappointed with your article “Men We Love” in the April edition. Men who ridicule and bully their ll year old daughters, have histories of drug abuse, use crack cocaine and are habitual womanizers who cheat on their spouses and families (let’s not forget that Monica wasn’t Bill Clintons only fling—can you say Gennifer Flowers?) are hardly men I would ever ‘love’. Adding men who made sex tapes with Playboy models and Julian Assange who drugged up a young girl and had sex with her doesn’t sweeten the pot.
Using those standards, you must have overlooked John Edwards who cheated on his wife and fathered an illegitimate child while his wife was dying of cancer!! Surely we can inspire women of all ages to expect and demand better of the men they respect, love or admire. Let’s not take so lightly the pain and humiliation these men have caused to our female sisters. I found this article to be as disgusting as most of the men it highlighted. Are these the kind of men you would want your daughter to ‘love’ or be involved with. Not me—not in a million years.
Jody Meier, Lawton, OK