We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2012 Issue

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However, your magazine has digressed from what you originally said the content would be. I stopped getting it for awhile because I was too busy to read it. I signed back up and have tried to overlook the continuous stream of "great" looking 40 somethings and older.

Today was the last straw. I was flipping through the March issue and was "slapped" in the face by the article entitled "This is What 47 Looks Like." Really? The woman being interviewed looks great for her age, but then again so do I. I am 49 and look 39 by the grace of God. I am also a size 4. My outrage is not that I am "jealous"; it is because "she" is not what 47 looks like anymore than I am what 49 looks like. She is what she looks like at 47, which is great, but there are lots of other women out there who don't look like that. You stigmatize them by saying that this woman is how they should look.

People today have enough body image problems without you adding to their neurosis by showing them pictures (that have been photoshopped no less) and saying in essence, you should look like this.

Shame on you for being so insensitive. For a magazine that was supposed to be about us "older" women embracing who and how we are you are sadly missing the mark.
--Cyndi E Carpluk

Julianne Moore does look beautiful on the cover and in the photo spread of your March issue. However…

If she’s owning up to secret “flaws,” it seems you might have left some freckles on her face, along with a few wrinkles, which she appears to have in other photos and in the movies.

It’s sad when a magazine that’s supposed to be about women feeling good about themselves as they grow older Photoshops wrinkles off the pictures and is filled with ads for wrinkle creams, Botox, Juviderm and other anti-aging products, along with articles tell us how to choose the most effective ones. We all want to look our best, but it seems the message of your magazine is that the only “best” is an unnaturally wrinkle-free skin.

I do enjoy the exercise, fashion and career articles, but I find myself feeling worse after reading your magazine.
--Judy Kenninger

Concerning "Firsts"

First you must be aware of the year my story took place. It was 1958-1959.

I had been a cheerleader since 10th grade and in those days it was an honor to be a cheerleader for the "boys" football and basketball teams. Unlike today when most girls frown upon it.
At the end of my junior year of high school I was diagnosed with a herniated disc in my back. I spent most of the summer, first in traction and then in a full body cast, before I was told surgery would be necessary. This operation made it impossible for me to be a cheerleader my last year of high school.

Up to this point our school's color guard was made up of four boys. I wanted so badly to participate in something, so I got the idea of being part of the color guard. I persuaded three of my girlfriends to go with me to present the request to the (male) high school principal for the opportunity to become the "first" female color guard.

We were granted that request and became our school's "first" females to lead the parades as color guards for the class of 1959. We even ask to wear (instead of the long trousers the boys wore) if we could wear the same short skirts that the majorettes wore. We were granted that permission. Later we discovered this was much to the dismay of the majorettes.

The four of us paved the way for all of the girls to follow and I am proud that I didn't give up but spoke up for women even before the days when it became acceptable to do so.
--Joyce Freeman, Lititz, PA

First Published February 29, 2012

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Cathleen Cole04.22.2012

I have to agree with some of the women who have posted questioning the obvious complete airbushing of this cover. Julianne Moore is a beautiful woman..a beautiful woman who is aging just as the rest of us are. We're all trying to find the best ways to deal with our aging looks, to accept it gracefully while trying so hard not to let our self esteem fall by the wayside as fast as our faces and bodies are falling.
To show us a photograph of a woman our own age who apparently has less wrinkles than a 4 year old child is just insulting and more than a little depressing. We all understand this isn't what she actually looks like but for a magazine that began for older women to feel good about themselves and to make the most of what they have, would it have been so horrible to show a cover of a beautiful woman who is still beautiful even while aging?

P. Helene 03.10.2012

I thought it was me, but my husband picked up my current issue of MORE and asked me what happened to the magazine! What first attracted me to MORE was relevant articles for women who were 40-50-60, and the advertising was also properly targeted. I'm 53, have been reading your magazine for at least 4 years, and am insulted by the ads in the current issue - the first 3 pages are (as my husband correctly puts it) "20-something sticks", including the article on page 86 with lovely, young, super thin actress Lesley Bibb in clothing for less than $150. Although I did enjoy reading the article on Julianne Moore, it was absolutely ridiculous to promote the Dolce & Gabbana, etc. clothing and accessories when you only photographed Ms Moore's upper body with most of the clothing covered by her hair! Who in the world do you want as readers?

Kaye Dickerson03.08.2012

Fabulous article Second acts, Rene' Syler, it was interesting & informative, excellent coverage.
She's a lady after my own heart, get canned, have pre-cancer surgery and still land on your feet.
Thank you More, March 2012

CrimeInParis 03.06.2012

As a 58 year old woman, I find that MORE seems to focus more on information relevant to women under 51. My friend, also 58, agrees with me on this. She cancelled her subscription for that reason alone. When you say "this is age (whatever)" I can't remember the last time you chose a woman my age. It's either they're under 51 or over 60. It's as if we're the hidden age group 51-60. We do exist and we're important too. Our issues are changing bodies, changing health issues related to menopause, and in some cases, changing jobs. We are still interested in beauty, however, we need to approach it from a different mindset at our age. I like Julianne Moore's comment about her approach to aging.
My life has changed so much since my daughter went off to college this past year. I'm now an empty nester. I've been a stay at home mom and then working from my home since she was born and dianosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder with Aspberger symptoms. In the past five years I've gone back to school for a second degree, attending classes with kids the same age as my daughter, which was weird, and am now looking for interesting work relevant to my experience, and where I feel appreciated and part of a team. Even though I don't have to work, I want to work. I miss the social interaction of working outside the home. Prior to my daughter's birth, I worked for 25 years. Women my age are not obsolete. We have a lot of life experience and I personally also have skills relevant to the marketplace. I'm debating whether to beef up my own business by starting a website to make it more visible, or go work for someone else. I'm tired of the job interviews where the people interviewing me are young enough to be my children. The shock on their faces when they see how old I am is palpable. This is why I'm leaning towards growing my own business. Please do more articles about women like myself and I'll renew my subscription.

Cynthia Ryan03.04.2012

MORE is the magazine I read first and is often the only one I make time to read. So, thanks for having a publication which has age-appropriate stories, fashion, and ads!
As for firsts, in 1970, my high school peers laughed at me when I said I was going to be a lawyer. I was the only one in my graduating class of several hundred to become one. In 1976, only 10% of my law school class were females. Three years later, I became one of the first five female prosecutors in my state. Some of my male colleagues said I should quit and leave room for a man who needs to support his family. Continuing in the law enforcement field, I later joined the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and achieved through the ranks to become its first female Chief Counsel in 1996. Six years ago, I switched agencies to become the first female General Counsel at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
My parents never blinked when I told them, at age 17, that I wanted to become a trial lawyer. They said I could be anything I wanted to be as long as I worked hard for it. (And, I would need to pay for it myself!) Their adage proved true. While I did not set out to be a trail blazer, I became one and have enjoyed every stop on the way!
Cindy Ryan
Fairfax, VA

Lauren 03.03.2012

I have been a loyal subscriber since More's first issue, but I was really surprised when I saw (what I feel) is a totally photoshopped cover of Julianne Moore. Granted, she looks beautiful, but I question your decision to make her look 25 years old. She is a woman in her 50's and it is very hypocritical of a magazine that prides itself on celebrating "women over 40" to so brazenly hide this lovely woman's freckles, fine lines, etc. What message are you sending to all the women in their 40's, 50's and beyond? That they should strive to look like they are in their 20's again? That it is unbecoming to age gracefully? Let's stop with the phony covers that strip these models and actresses of their natural beauty in a frenzied attempt to make them appear years younger. Shame on you More! Practice what you supposedly preach and stop trying to make everyone look 25 years old again.

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