We Hear You! Letters from the April Issue

by the More.com Editors
A Country of Women
As a professor of European and Eurasian Studies based in the UCLA School of Theater, Film, Television, and Digital Media, I am writing to thank you for your important article calling attention to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.   In an age in which women's magazines are given over to infantile fluff, it is deeply moving to see quality journalism.  I have not seen your PBS show, but will look for it.
S.I. (Shelley) Salamensky


I have just finished reading "A Country of Women" (April) and have never felt so proud to be a woman.  My personal standards for courage, confronting fear and how I choose to live have all been raised to a higher bar. I am re-subscribing to "More" because of the power and truth of this piece.  I thank the author and photographer, Holly Morris and Rena Efendi, for their bravery in visiting the Chernobyl countryside and interviewing these incredible babushkas.

Karen Custer Thurston, Flagstaff, AZ


Do your editors find it amusing in a very twisted way to show the woman smiling as she held the knife while the pig is dead at her feet?? I never, ever thought I would see such a vile disgusting photo in your magazine. Are you trying to attract hunters or trappers? Rest assured that in November when my issue ends I will never renew your magazine. THAT was beyond disgusting and in such poor taste I ripped the offending photo out of the magazine. Shame on your magazine for lowering itself to such a level of obscenity! Ms. Lara Henderson

What's On Your Mind
I often buy a copy of More at the newsstand.  I find the articles interesting and substantive.  Reading through the last issue, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of the advertisements in the magazine feature products that supposedly help women look younger.  I can’t even begin to tell you how offended I am by this.  How can you, in clear conscience, tell us to celebrate our age, looks, and wisdom and at the same time subsist on advertisements that hawk products to make us look younger?  What an hypocrisy and contradiction and what a slap in the wrinkled faces of the woman that have earned every line and crease!  Interesting . . .  while composing this letter, I received an e-mail from NOW asking me to donate to their “Love Your Body’ campaign.   Instead of telling us how wrinkled up we are, perhaps More should sponsor a ‘Love Your Wrinkles’ campaign and start the ball rolling by refusing to accept these offensive advertisements.
Mary Ellen Hegedus, South Bend IN



First Published March 23, 2011

Share Your Thoughts!


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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