It brought up a reoccurring thought that has had no placement for me that I feel needs to be heard by a wider audience in the world rather than swimming in the same loop in my head.
In the article the phrase "losing one's virginity" was voiced.
We are in 2011.
Girls, unless victims of violence do not LOSE their virginity, in fact in this case they have it brutally taken from them. Girls/women make a choice to have sex. It is not like losing your cell phone or keys. It is a choice made for a myriad of reasons, but never the less is a CHOICE.
When society keeps referring to this issue as a "loss" it disempowers women and makes them sound like victims and continues to falsely empower boys/men.
I am dying and feel like there is no time like the present to say what is on my mind.
I am one of those who were brutally introduced to sex in infancy....so I know for sure I had no choice and did not lose anything..... I had it taken.
Why not empower young women to make good choices by informing them it is THEIR CHOICE how they conduct themselves and how they choose to use their bodies.
Thank you for listening....I finally said what has been on my mind for years.
I'd never actually heard of Mary Crowley, yet alone the More magazine (please excuse me) until about 20 minutes ago. My mom brought me this magazine, and showed me the article "The Lady Talks Trash" and told me to read it.
I was instantly captivated and utterly excited to see this. Mary is now officially my woman hero!
For my last sophomore English class project, we were given a research project to find an issue and write a paper about it, give a speech, blah blah blah all that. I was not excited...but I then found a subject I actually found interest in: The plastic collection in the ocean.
When I read this article, I was simply ecstatic: D Almost all the fine detail and facts within the article were in the speech I’d given, and I thought I’d been about the only one to know about them, but nope.
And of course people do know about the plastic collection, but hardly anyone I gave the speech to had known about it. Ridiculous! So to see this wonderful article, I knew that it would spread the word of such a horrible growth in our beautiful oceans, and I do hope it makes a change.
The reaction of my classmates was horrified, yet seeming to want to take action and start to recycle and such, so I can't imagine the impact that this will have to whomever is to read this incredible article.
It really got to my heart and I just want to say I felt a great connection. We need some real change in this world. I SALUTE YOU MARY!! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your incredible Project Kaisei because it means the world to me.
Even if it means kissing a pig. Or perhaps something more prominent like really getting to work in the war zone. I would love to help! Or not I can be there for moral support too :)
And thank you whoever wrote the article itself. It was very well written.
Anna J Stone (15 years old), Kalispell, Montana
When I purchased a copy of the July/August 2011 issue of MORE for Women of Style & Substance, I expected just that. However, the article entitled “More sex, please!” by Thea Singer stated that soft-core porn, specifically without “pumped-up breasts” and “no hint of violence” should be included in a shopping trip for “appropriate ‘adult entertainment’.” As a woman of style and substance, the suggestion that women should support and endorse an industry that objectifies people in general, and young women specifically, as sexual objects is offensive and distasteful. By specifically stating what to avoid, I presume the author is aware of the dangers of unrealistic body images and sexual violence. There are plenty of magazines that espouse Ms. Singer’s perspective; sadly, yours had to join their ranks. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Terri Mossgrove, Tampa Bay, Florida