Within a few minutes of reading, my eye was quickly drawn to the title "If great poets had sexted...." by Linda Yellin followed by very graphic "sexting" descriptions.
As a parent, I recently attended an information and prevention session about this very topic and within a month I find your magazine making light of the issue of sexting.
I'm sure you are aware that this horrible pattern has begun to be prevalent in not only our adult day to day dating and relationship environment, but in high school and middle schools environments as well.
Such a poor, graphic and mostly irresponsible attempt at humor. I expect "More" from your magazine.
This evening, I bought my first issue of MORE magazine after standing in line at a local grocery store. I just turned 40, and I thought I should try something more grown-up than People or Us for a change. I had no expectations of your magazine, and I settled in on the couch with it right after dinner. I've never written to the Editor-in-Chief of any magazine before, but I really felt the need to give you and your staff some feedback after I read the story called "The Sister Pact" by Lee Woodruff.
I'm very sorry for all those who are affected by Alzheimer's Disease. It's horrible, I know. My Mom is 69 and has been on a slow decline for the past 10 years. Both of her parents died from Alzheimer's so it's not surprising she also got it, and there's a chance that I'll get it, too, someday. I've thought a lot about how that might affect my husband, because I see what a toll this has taken on my Dad, my brother and all of our extended family. My Mom was the light of our family--a nurturer with a gentle soul and intelligent wit. She was my best friend. Even though her body is still here, she is gone. I grieve for her in waves and can't imagine a worse fate for someone who was such a private, elegant, articulate person.
While I relate to the author and her sisters, and I'm so sorry for them and their parents, I think it was very irresponsible of MORE to include this passage on page 70: "[...] my doctor friend gets to the heart of the matter, the information I have asked him to provide. We all lean intently toward the speaker phone. 'If I were going to take my life, this is what I would do,' he says, then proceeds to outline an easy way: Combine sleeping pills and alcohol and slip away painlessly. 'Lots of pills but no more than two drinks,' he cautions. 'You don't want to induce vomiting.' The simplicity of this plan and our collective mental picture silenced us for a few beats as we search one another's faces. Yes. We can do this."
My husband, Kevin, and I were quite taken aback by this passage. There are lots of people touched by Alzheimer's Disease, and not all of them have the support network that this author and her sisters have in each other. And not everyone is as well-adjusted. It is very depressing to watch someone you love slip away over a period of years. I am lucky that I also have a strong support network of friends and family, and my husband always offers comforting words and a warm shoulder for me to cry on. I also have a strong faith in God, and these things combine to help me through the pain of losing my Mom. But if I had read this article 3 or 4 years ago, I might very well have headed out to look for sleeping pills and alcohol, not more than 2 drinks so as not to induce vomiting. I was in a deep depression and felt very alone back then. I bought your magazine tonight to decompress after a long work week--I was especially excited to read "Living Without a To-Do List"--so it was upsetting to find a prescription for suicide in the face of Alzheimer's Disease.
I'm sure MORE magazine has lots of loyal readers, so you have a responsibility to remove reckless and dangerous material that's submitted to you for publication. I hope you can understand my point of view.