We Hear You! Letters from Our February 2013 Issue

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Hello: I have been a More subscriber since you were first in print, and have evolved through my 40’s and 50’s with your magazine.  I have found the content largely informative and entertaining, and a good reflection of “maturing” women.  I would, however, like to comment on your photographs, particularly those on your cover and feature stories.  It is wonderful to see fabulous-looking women in their 40’s and 50’s, but these photos have been so completely airbrushed that these women appear entirely wrinkle free.  To me, this says: it’s ok to age as long as you don’t have any wrinkles, and look at least 10 years younger than you really are.   This seems inconsistent with the message of many of your articles  (for example, Redefining Beauty for Deeper Happiness, January 2013).   I would encourage you to show some mature beauties with a hard-earned wrinkle or two, affirming the message that looking great in your 40’s, 50’s and beyond does not necessarily equate with being wrinkle free.

--Molly Adolfson

I think it is great that the pro-life women interviewed decided to carry their babies to term.  That is their decision.  My continuing problem with this issue is that they presume that what was right for them is also right everyone.  We have the freedom in this country to express our beliefs and act accordingly but we do not have to right to force others to abide by our personal belief system.  My other issue is that I rarely see anyone stepping up to the plate after a baby is born.  The same states that want to curtail abortion rights also want to cut their Medicaid budgets.  I also don't see churches and other organizations that oppose abortion offering financial services, food, housing, education and support to teen mothers that don't have any resources. Why don't we see religious organizations asking their congregations support birth control options or to take in these mothers and children for a year or at least offer some kind of support?  Why don't we see them out carrying signs insisting on financial support and improvement of foster care services?  Teen parent programs?  I guess after the baby is born, the baby is the mother's problem.  I say, do something positive and put your money where your mouth is.

You would think that after 40 years of butting heads with no results to speak of, that a different question would be asked - what can be done to prevent unwanted pregnancies to begin with?

I can't agree that abortion is a valid form of birth control, but I do believe in birth control.  Why can't that be the focus - from education to the morning-after pill?  As for those horror stories of mother's who will die if they don't abort, maybe the doctors just aren't trying hard enough.
--Alice Lee Martin

I am responding to your article, "Roe v. Wade - Still Controversial After All These Years" in last month's issue.  I feel after 40 years and a horrifying 55,000,000 abortions, this issue needs to be readdressed at this time. I believe the majority of women who abort feel that is the only choice they have. So I propose that we fund pregnancy centers with the same dollar amount that we fund Planned Parenthood, and offer women a real choice. Women can choose to get all the services they need to bring their pregnancies to term at pregnancy centers, or they can choose to abort at Planned Parenthood.  That is a real choice and pro-women.  You didn't mention in your article Doe v. Bolton, the companion decision to Roe v. Wade that was handed down on the same day.  In Doe v. Bolton, abortion was legalized throughout all 9 months of pregnancy. There is definitely a war on women, but it's not coming from the places we've been led to believe. We deserve better.  And I have yet to read about the economic cost of abortion, by the loss of what would have been an additional 55 million tax payers.
--Natalie De Blasi

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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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