We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2012 Issue

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It is with dismay and disappointment that I write this letter. My initial reaction was to let it go because in the past I would have said “Delta is ready when you are”. Also, as everyone is moving to the South from the north I hesitate to continue the trend by proposing to defend the South. The South now is a dichotomy of sorts, Southern and entrepreneurial, Atlanta is home to more Fortune 100 companies than any city outside of Chicago and NY, and we have the busiest airport in the world. Also, Birmingham is home to some very large magazines such as the wonderful Southern Living that is ranked in the top 20 magazines read in the US.

Having stated the obvious, my concern with your letter is so typical, i.e. Northern stereotype of the South and lack of knowledge and/or respect. I almost found it comical that it appears you were taken aback that women like to look well when going out. If I could only look as well as my 83 year old Mother who never leaves the house without looking lovely even during radiation treatment.

As a polyglot and world traveler I am Southern by birth (my family goes back to the 1700s) and American by the Grace of God, I would never be rude or criticize someone in public… certainly not in a letter to the public. We do have manners in the South and I do hope this is not seen as defending my heritage – that is not my point – to be quite honest I am surprised you went to Duke – clearly it was not a wonderful experience for you.

Thank you for listening.
--HollyBeth Anderson

First Published February 29, 2012

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Comments

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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