These stupid, vapid, shallow women (with the exception of a few), think they can blog themselves through life while pretending that promiscuous sex, guiltless abortions and the condemnation of marriage is the norm? These young women are not enlightened, but are the products of colleges that focus on women’s studies, and every other leftist course that encourages women to think that marriage and motherhood is evil.
In Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour’s editor’s letter “Let’s Bridge The Divide,” she seemed more obsessed with getting Jenny Sanford to admit she was a feminist than to just admit her husband was an a__hole and that she responded correctly to his behavior. Why do we as women have to make everything a big deal? Thank God I had two sons, because I would not want to bring up a daughter in this toxic, victim mentality of a society.
Rantin’ and Ravin’
??I’m not much on writing rants or raves, however I’ve really found MORE inspiring and encouraging over the years. But the November issue was disappointing. Only two feature articles were worthy of my time: “After the Big C” and "You Can Go ‘Om’ Again." The photography and the gracious studs in the Jane Lynch article made me turn the page without an ounce of curiosity in what she had to say. Since I’m finally making peace with my over 50 body, over 50 husband and over 50 life, this dose of fantasy was a bit over the top for me. The Monica Potter fashion feature, "Diva La Dolce Vita," was sad and depressing in look and feel. For a woman who is “thrilled to save $60 with drugstore coupons,” yet lounging in a “priced on request” brocade evening dress and wearing a $955 evening robe, I find it amusing and unreachable for your average woman.
Plus, maybe it is time for me to see how the younger women are doing feminism differently? But how does reading about 10 women (99 percent of which are under 30) in "This is What The New Feminists Look Like" encourage me to reinvent myself over 50? I’ll admit, I read the article just to see what I can learn. Too many ads this time, and the content got lost. Sorry, this issue is bound for the recycle bin rather than my “to read again” basket.
Speaking the Truth
?Thank you for “After the Big C.” I confess that I began the article feeling cynical. I expected the usual shock, battle, triumphant recoveries, and appreciate-life-more narratives. But instead, you printed four very individual descriptions of a life-changing illness and its continuing aftermath. Like writer Julia Glass ("The Years of Magical Thinking,") I am a mother of two growing boys and I cried over the beautifully written and poignant story of her ongoing bargain with fate.
But I was especially grateful for writer Melinda Henneberger’s words in "The Patient Lived, but the Friendship Bit the Dust." For the last two years I have fought against systemic lupus erythematosus, a chronic and debilitating disease. Because it seems like there is never an endpoint for my symptoms and treatments, the experience hasn’t made me a better person either. When you are in a war for your life while trying to also work, raise children, be a good wife and a giving friend, there can be painful and surprising additional losses along with the physical struggles.
Ms. Henneberger’s article spoke a truth that many of us have experienced. I appreciated that she didn’t pretty it up or blame anyone for the end of that friendship—including herself or the other woman.
A Beauty Spot-On Dispute
I’m afraid the writer of [Ch-Ch-Changes!] "You’ve Been Spotted" really dropped the ball on this one. The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a much better treatment for dark or red spots than the Fraxel laser. The writer never mentioned this option! Women look to your articles for complete information and by not giving them that information, you are doing more of a disservice than giving them incomplete facts.
Cynthia Short,?Kingman, AZ