We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Finally, HUGE thanks for Ginny Graves' "The Pills We Can't Kick". I needed that information.

Best regards,
--Roxanne Stewart

Enjoyed the March issue but wondered what you thought happens at 70 years of age?  Do we stop buying clothes? caring? trying to look our best?  Not only sounds sad but also unlikely.

Dear Editor,

I noticed the blurb about writing our review of the current issue and thought to myself - hmm maybe I will.  Then I decided to not spend my time trying to make everything around me "better" and just enjoy some time reading and then reading some more.

I was shocked and surprised to see how basically shallow this issue is and decided to stop reading and call it a day.  Then I decided to let you know...

Yes, I do love the little quotes in the Notebook section even though they are not substantive but after that, where's the meat?

1.Cyndi Lauper article - Yey Cyndi!  Going strong and interesting at 60 - but your article is just a tease and is basically a commercial for her reality show which you do tell us how to find but I broil that it is contrasted to the LGBT fund that you do NOT tell us how to contact.  Why?

2.Stylebook - eh.  We can all love Diane Keaton but that doesn't mean we should dress like her.  And,Who is Carine Roitfeld?

3.Back to Stylebook page 44 - "Everyone and we mean everyone, should invest in a shapely chick leather jacket..."  Sorry.  Not everyone wants to wear a dead animal.  In case you are not aware, there is a rise in vegetarians and vegans and not only for health reasons.  Get with it!

4. She said, she said page 30 -  insulting, stupid and humorless.  I wonder how many it really does apply to because it certainly did not apply to my relationship with my mother or my cousins with her mother.  I know my family is unusual but I don't think in this way.  This sounds like something written by someone in their 20's.

In brief, I am guessing that your magazine is written by more 20 year olds than those in their 40's, 50's and up.  I once worked at a magazine when I was in my 20's. The Editors were in their 30's and the readers were Teens.  I think for a magazine geared toward older women, you might want to have more substance and classier humor.  Perhaps more staff in the older age group.

P.S. my favorite section in your magazine is Second Act's. Should I dare to read this issue's?
--Nurit Zachter

Dear Lesley,
I am a 61 year old psychologist who is a big fan of More Magazine.  I usually keep a copy in my office waiting room because I think it sends the right message to my patients, that women can beautiful and fashion conscious at any age.  However, I was disappointed when I read the " Yes, No, Maybe, Never Fashion Guide."   I think the perspective that women have to stop wearing fun and funky stuff like ripped jeans is depressing...I don't plan on giving them up any time soon. Even Ralph Lauren has included them in his spring Denim Supply Company line. Just saying...
--Monica DeSchryver

Share Your Thoughts!


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.


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....


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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