We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

For example, I was totally alienated by the March edition's In Your 30s comment that 'This is the time to experiment.  Short, sheer, skintight - for you, nothing is out of bounds.'  Which is exactly why I want a magazine catering to older women - some things are now out of bounds and we need advice on how to walk the line between fun and stylish, yet appropriate.  I am a young 51, but don't want to have to compare myself to a 30 year old.

I'd love to hear what has caused this change in MORE.

Best regards,
--Julie Durkin

Dear Meredith,

If MORE is a magazine for women why pose Connie Britton wearing a black lace teddy?

I just don't see the  need to have her lying across the bed with her shirt half off. Yes, she is beautiful but we know that. It was a total turn off for me and I didn't even read the article.

It's disappointing that we are still using that even to sell to ourselves.

I am sure you could have shown her doing just about anything else that would portray her as the smart, funny and beautiful person she probably is.
--Mary J Stoner

Hi Lesley,

I have been a reader of MORE almost from its inception...and do not in any way consider myself to be conservative in my thinking...but I was truly disappointed in the photo spread of Connie Britton in the March  issue. She is an attractive woman; yet the pictures presented of her bordered on tastelessness. I'm sure that her beautiful figure could have been photographed in different settings that still did justice to how lovely she is.

Thanks for listening,
--Liz

Dear Lesley,

I am a woman in my mid-50s who, hopefully, is headed for my 60s. I have been looking for a magazine that speaks to those in my age group and had hoped it would be MORE, I was excited when my first issue arrived – March 2013 – and one of the feature articles was about what women should wear in each decade of their lives. Was glad to see that  MORE also included a section on “In Your 60s.” What bothered me, however, is that the section on 50s noted that back in the 1950s, women who wore bright colors were considered garish, yet your section for those in their 60s featured only black and white clothing. So has the 60s become the new 50s? My mom is heading into her 80s and wears plenty of bright colors and has the best sense of style of anyone I know. The whole section was really rather depressing. Sure black and white is a great combination, but only black and white? Is this all women my age have to look forward to? In this day and age, women of all ages should have the freedom to embrace some color.
--Kathleen Brunet Eagan

Dear Editor Seymour,

I have been a fan and subscriber for several years and frequently give this magazine as gifts. But this February issue made me want to give a few opinions and i was unable to get my eldest daughters aged, refurbished Dell laptop to link up on your site. I stuffed my thoughts aside until March issue arrived and found I could hold my stuffings no longer.

I don't know if its my being post-hysterectomy, having three kids including two teenagers at home as a single mother and the stress is getting to me or plain mid-life crisis or if the magazine has changed...but point blank - in my opinion - this magazine just doesn't represent REAL women. It feels like "fantasy fodder" for us 'normies.' The masses that have to shop at Walmart and discount stores. That have oatmeal each morning not because it's a health trend but because it's CHEAP breakfast food.

I find little to identify with in sections like 'Finance' when it's about someone spending 'out of spite,' turning down a $5000 writing job so they can watch more t.v. with her boyfriend and thinking it's something to be proud of. Or 'I threw away half a million dollars, out of guilt' - pleeeese. What i could do with $500K!

I could write you 7-8 paragraphs about REAL finance if you like. "How to live off $1500 a month with Three Kids" or "If I Get a Part Time Job My Kids and I Lose More in Food Stamps Then The Job Pays." The Rat Wheel of financial stress, dependence on government assistance - i know alot about that.

What’s your reaction?

Comments

Lynn Cadogan04.17.2013

I have never written a magazine before but you are always asking for comments and feed back, so I felt compelled to write. I enjoy reading MORE and share it with friends when I finish. The articles are appropriate and very informative but in looking at the ads I find a big discrepancy in the age of women you are "writing" for and the appearance of the models. Except for maybe Diane Keaton, I couldn't find a model that looked "mature" and had any wrinkles. I would like to see more advertising with vibrant, more mature realistic looking women since that is the demographic your magazine is written for. Thanks for letting me share my comment.

04.05.2013

I read More cover-to-cover every month and have never written in before, but the article on the pills we can't kick was a major eye-opener. I was prescribed Effexor 3 years ago when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was supposed to stop the hot flashes brought on by suddenly stopping HRT. After reading your article, I began to research Effexor and found that it causes hot flashes(!) and many other pretty nasty side effects. I started to taper off a few weeks ago and stopped taking it completely 6 days ago. The withdrawals are awful--really, truly awful--but I know eventually they will stop and I will no longer be putting my health in jeopardy taking a drug that isn't even meant to do what it was prescribed to do. If I still have hot flashes, I will suffer them naturally. I already take Black Cohash and will add other supplements or vitamins to help. Thank you so much for such an important article.

Carol 03.21.2013

No no no.....no 30 somethings in More! You promised a magazine for women over 40 - please honor that! And while you are at it, it wouldn't hurt to add "This is what 70 looks like". I read More front to back and back to front. I used to shop your ads for products I knew would be for me at my age.....but this is uncomfortably becoming more of my daughters' magazine. We deserve the More original market - I am waiting to spend....

03.07.2013

I love More, and I love Connie Britton. And believe me, I am no prude. But I did not love the girlie-mag photos that accompanied an otherwise very good story on this very interesting, strong and intelligent woman. Did I pick up the wrong magazine? Have I turned into my Great-Aunt Lila Lee, who would have been shocked and appalled by the overtly sexy display of Ms. Britton's bits, barely covered with scanty scraps? I believe in celebrating our fabulousness. But I have to wonder -- to what audience were you playing with those photos? Has More decided to be Maxim?

Julie 03.04.2013

I have become very disillusioned with MORE. It seems you are trying to reach a younger demographic (already more than well served) by including the 30s, whilst paying less attention to women in their 60s and 70s. I am 51 and have nothing in common with women in their 30s with regards to skin care, lifestyle, etc. Reading other womens' comments, I see I am not alone in this point of view. I would love to hear from the Editor on why the 30 somethings are now included.

Kate Dockham03.03.2013

I enjoy your magazine, but often think it is geared to women of a different lifestyle than my on-the-go mom and teacher life. I was looking through the Stylebook: Dressing for the Decades, and found a pair of shoes I had to have whether in the teacher budget or not. So I went to the Vince Camuto site to find the studded black sandals shown and nothing! How disappointing that I finally take the plunge and follow a piece of information from your magazine only to be unable to even find a picture of the same sandals. It is only March 3rd, hard to believe the season/trend/moment has eclipsed me already. Just another lesson for this everyday teacher to learn.
Sadly Shoeless,
Kate Dockham

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