I am receiving More magazine and enjoy it very much. Thanks.
I was quite taken (in good ways) with you Letter in the March issue ("The end of the 'firsts'"). I teach a college class (among other things) as we talk about the importance of firsts - firsts in one's own life as well as firsts for the world at large, and all in between. So thanks for providing a nice boost to the discussion.
I have been a devoted reader of More for many years because as a magazine dedicated originally to women age 40+ it spoke to me, a woman who is in that demographic. I recently decided to enter the More Beauty Search and saw that the rules state that participants must be at least 30 years of age! On closer inspection, I also noticed that the February 2012 issue has a feature regarding hair for ages 30 and over. When did More become younger? Are there not enough beautiful, fascinating, and sexy women over the age of 40 to keep your magazine in business? Are there not enough beautiful and sexy women over the age of 40 to participate in your beauty search? What is your magazine suggesting? Are you caving in to the pressure of our society that emphasizes youth? As a 46 year old woman, I feel insulted that this magazine, which I once highly regarded, has succumbed to the idea that younger is somehow better for business. Are there not enough magazines out there to address the issues of those in their early years of adulthood? As I age, what magazine will I have to turn to? I feel insulted and profoundly disappointed. I will not be renewing my subscription.
--Irene Stadnyk, New York, NY
I enjoyed your important article entitled, "When You Can't Get a Diagnosis," but I was disappointed at the use of "he" when referring to physicians. I applaud the citations of female doctors, researchers, and specialists, but was dismayed that doctors are still referred to as male. A direct quotation is one thing, but generic reference should include the female option--especially in a women's magazine.
While I applaud your editorial “The End of the Firsts” for its message of women breaking new ground, I was disappointed on your take on southern women and the south in general. When I started the article and read you were asked by New England classmates why you would want to attend a college where everyone “sounds dumb”, I assumed you would make the point that southerners are indeed as intelligent as any other group of people. Moreover, southerners are generally a gracious, courteous people who genuinely care for others. As a proud southern woman, I feel you should raise the flag for all women, not just those in other parts of the country!
--Luanne Schafner, Augusta, GA
I love the magazine and look forward to every issue. However, for a publication that celebrates women over 40, I'm very disappointed about the heavy use of airbrushing on all the fabulous women you feature. We should be celebrating aging gracefully. Why does More -- of all magazines -- cover up laugh lines and try so hard to make the stars you feature look like they're 25? For that matter, I'd love to see More take a stand and require cosmetic companies that advertise on your pages to not use airbrushing. Wouldn't it be lovely if there was one magazine out there that glorified women as they are?
--Margaret Harrist, Austin, TX
Julianne Moore is a beautiful, 51 year old woman who you make the point of saying, in your interview of her, has no interest or inclination to get plastic surgery.
So WHY do you airbrush the hell out of her face on your cover????????????
Your magazine is all about celebrating women being beautiful as they age so LET THEM AGE.
Her face is lacking LIFE ~ experience, life lines, joy, pain.....
So tired of women being airbrushed to death.
--Alexandra Martella, Lyons, CO
I love your magazine but my only complaint is that the print is too small and too light. I wear contacts but still have trouble reading your magazine! I am only 46 but would love it if you made it larger for those of us whose eyes are just not what they used to be!