We Hear You! Letters from Our February 2013 Issue

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I used to subscribe to your magazine.  I was very excited about a publication for older women.  It quickly occurred to me, however, that I am not at all like the woman you are trying to reach.  You seem to cater exclusively to career women who make selfish decisions all about themselves.  I pity the families of these women, if they have any.  I can't imagine anyone wanting to be with the harridans you seem to chase.  I have a college degree.  I am a published author.  I chose to work part-time and raise our son.  I am happy and aging beautifully.  Why don't you ever write or publish anything for women like me.  It's all about choice you know.  We don't all have to be carbon copies of each other. I originally dropped my subscription when you profiled a 50-something career woman who attributed her line-free face to her night cream.  Come on.  Really.  But my decision was confirmed when I read that awful article by that awful women who chose to publicly decry dog ownership.  I might have felt a little better about it if the author said she gave some money to an animal charity, or advocated the spaying and neutering of pets.  Something.  Anything. But, no.  Let's just euthanize all the pets and have perfect homes and perfect clothes.  She is gross.  You are gross.  Women are allowed to be selfish and think of themselves but not like this.  You just don't get it.  You're like a rat in a maze running, running in an endless circle to have more and be more but you'll never really be good enough or creative enough because your moral compass is all wrong.  I would guess most of your readers are divorced. As a retired abortion provider and women's health expert I would like to voice my concern regarding the words "pro life".   All abortion providers and pro choice supporters are "pro life".  We prefer to use "anti - choice" to describe those against pro choice issues.  I am a mother, a giver of life, though I, too, once had an abortion. As a health care provider I saved and nourished the lives of my patients.  Because I believed in a woman's right to choose, and in many cases facilitated that choice, does not make me any less pro life.   I AM pro "life of the pregnant woman".  I even spent many years practicing obstetrics and cherished working with women who were continuing their pregnancies.  We in the Prochoice movement love our sisters and support them in whatever choice they make.  We are just as "pro life " as anyone but we believe in the CHOICE.  Therefore, anyone who does not support the abortion choice is more accurately labeled "anti-choice".  That is how we in the choice movement prefer to speak of those against women's reproductive rights. I hope in the future you will use the correct terms as pro life alienates those if us committed to choice and life.
--Sharon Girard

Hello More magazine: I've been a subscriber for several years now, and for the most part have enjoyed your magazine each month. A suggestion for you: perhaps it's time for to to hire some product editors who are the same age as your readers, as I doubt they could be. The "Asia Minor" spread in the Feb '13 issue was ridiculous. And appalling. For one, I'm not sure how many of your 40+ women readers are even remotely interested in 7" platform shoes. Is this Vogue or More? That was the ridiculous part. But, to feature said "geisha" inspired shoes which are modeled after Japanese foot binding practices is irresponsible and truly insulting to women. Think it through, More. You are smarter than that. You should always be striving to uplift women, not pedal products that are remembrances of women's oppression.
--Lori Baker Brown

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Suzanne Gay03.23.2013

I am a bit behind in my reading and only recently read the February edition. I was very disappointed and surprised by the article "If great poets had sexted..." I felt it was way out of line for More magazine and would be more fitting for Cosmo. Please reconsider this type of article before it makes the cut in a future More.

Crol 03.17.2013

I was informed that I had won a daily prize. That is great news! However, the notification didn't specify what type of gift card it is. Could you please enlighten me? My granddaughter is so excited about all of this. My address is carolmaloney33@yahoo.com. This may not be the correct forum for this but Iwas not given a contact address. Thank you.(And by the way, I do love the magazine!)

I'm very saddened by the "If great poets had sexted..." article by Linda Yellin. I'm a poet of over 40 years and have a great love of reading and poetry. I thought the Sext comments were vulgar and disheartening. I am so disappointed to read this in More Magazine. I read this mag because it is appropriate for over 40 women, who are classier and more elegant than this type of junk. Please reconsider printing crap in the future.

Ginger Thew03.10.2013

RE: Jane Shepard's response to Roe v Wade
To your commenter Jane Shepard, First of all, thank you very much for your concern for the doctor & his staff's well being after his name was in print as an abortion doctor. Unfortunately Dr. George Tiller was gunned down in his church on May 31, 2009 by an extreamist anti-choice. While I apprecieate your concern of using his name for fear of extreamists, it is the same reason I fear putting my name out there. After long discussion with my family, I chose to let my full name be known. I am in a small town. I sit in a pew every weekend. I shop the same stores. I am your neighbor. I can't be "annonymous".
Thank you for your concern ~
Ginger Thew

CoryM 02.21.2013

As I am currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer, I found the article about targeted cancer treatments very interesting. While they won't help me, any step forward is good. The next step needs to be a diagnostic test for ovarian cancer. Currently, there aren't any, a situation that is unbelievable in 2013. I was one of the lucky ones, mine was discovered along with uterine cancer both at stage 2, so my prospects for recovery are excellent.


Please sign the last comment "Anonymous" or "Name Withheld", for my grandmother's protection. Thank you!


RE: Roe V Wade 40 year anniversary article.
My 91-year-old grandmother was raped in 1936 when she was 14. For 77 years she has not been able to speak about the abuse without clamming up and/or bursting into tears as she leaves the room.
She delivered a beautiful baby girl (my mother) and her immigrant parents (my great-grandparents) from Italy raised her with love and commitment. It's unimaginable to me what would have happened to the four ensuing generations if my teen-aged grandmother had "chosen" to abort.
Forty years since Roe V Wade and 50+ million little ones later it's still and always will be a hot-button for most Americans. By the way, I think it's interesting to note (and should have been included in the article) that Norma McCorvey, now a staunch Pro-Life advocate, has dedicated her life to seeing that Roe is overturned. http://www.lifenews.com/2013/01/22/woman-behind-roe-v-wade-im-dedicating...


My name is Nicole and I am the Customer Service Manager for Dahn Yoga. I would like to thank Ms. MacKenzie for her objectivity and not following the popularity of hearsay. We understand and accept that past litigation involves claims that would make interesting reading and generate considerable media coverage. However, none of claims have held up in court. As did I many, many years ago, I am impressed that she simply tried our class and drew from her own experience. Also, as a previous manager of a fitness club and a participant in many programs, I have finally reached a peaceful conclusion that a mix of activities, with Dahn Yoga as the foundation, keeps me in the best possible healthy condition. I do not look or feel my age of 52. I am very happy I did not follow what was written about Dahn so very many years ago. I will be following your magazine henceforth. Again, thank you.

Lada 02.03.2013

re your "Asia Major" feature on pages 80-87: what were you thinking?! The platform "shoes", esp. on p. 82-3 are ridiculous, stupid, and dangerous. They're pretty to keep on display, but would a sane, intelligent woman actually first of all buy them, at those prices, then wear them?! C'mon. We're smarter than that.

Today is my first time reading through your site and I really so far have enjoyed it very much. I'm older 66 still working full time, and I was looking to find something that is interesting to me. Although my birth certificate says I'm 66 my brian still thinks I 56, thus just looking at your content, it's going to be fun and informative. I wrote my first article already, and now I'm ready to read and comment on some great looking stories. Dorothy


Regarding Roe v. Wade: I don't believe that ANY child is unwanted, even the special needs children. That could be confirmed by every adoption agency in the county with long waiting lists of parents who want these children. I think it is tragic to tell a woman that her child has no place in this world. Every life cut short by abortion for the convenience of another is a terrible waste. - Debbie in Florida

Michelle 01.27.2013

I read your article on Dahn yoga & was enthusiastic. I even ordered the DVD! Then I did some research online. The "creator" & his chain of studios have been the subject of multiple lawsuits (including sexual abuse of emotionally vulnerable young women) across the nation. They have been likened to a cult & are definitely high pressure sales people. Practitioners of all walks of traditional yoga call it a farce. If you had done fifteen minutes of research, you would never have included this in your magazine. I'm disappointed.


I am extremely concerned that the author of "Boredom Busing Workouts" did not do sufficient research on Dahn Yoga before recommending it to readers. Dahn is extremely controversial and has been implicated in cult actives and settled several lawsuits out of court for abuses to its followers, including a wrongful death suit. There are documentaries and numerous articles and exposes about this yoga practice that requires immense time and monetary commitments from its followers. Please, please please do more research!!!

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