We Hear You! Letters from Our March 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Dear Ms. Seymour,

Often I've been tempted to write to express my satisfaction with More's championing of strong women, wry and witty editorials, and support of the general idea that there is much living to be done past age 40.  I am finally compelled to take to keyboard after reading your last editorial letter in which you used the term "dos and don'ts" without using an apostrophe in dos.  Perhaps I'm a militant grammarian or punctuation Luddite, but the proliferated use of the apostrophe to indicate a plural drives me to tears.  Thank you for leaving the apostrophe to the realms of contraction and possessive exclusively.

Sincerely yours,
--Jane Reynolds

Re: Roe vs. Wade: Still Controversial After All These Years

I am impressed with Kathy Ireland's bold stance on abortion and her disregard for how it might negatively affect her billion dollar business.  I also admire how she approaches the issue in an open-minded way as opposed to the angry, emotion-driven "abortion is murder" tactic taken by so many pro-lifers.  More of this kind of empathy and level-headed thinking is needed in the pro-life movement.
--M. Etheredge

Just a note to THANK YOU so very much for featuring Connie Britton on your cover! She is so fun to watch in any role that she does. Recently my daughter and I were fortunate enough to attend a recent taping of the Katie Couric show that included an interview with Connie. She is a great role model for a woman of any age...

Your photo spread was one of the best I have seen in ages (I have over 60 magazine subscriptions) and really captured the glow and energy that radiates from Connie. Didn't love the cover shot though - you could barely tell it was Connie.

Keep up the great work on MORE - you always have an interesting mix of articles.

Kind regards,
--Jan Madura

Love MORE magazine! I am recently retired and look forward to curling up on the sofa with it each month! HOWEVER, this is the 2nd month in a row I have had to look hard at the cover to figure out who it is! It is ironic that I was at the Katie Show on February 7 and Connie Britton was a guest. Believe me , neither Katie nor Connie look anything like your cover photos. Why are you photo-shopping or whatever it is you do to these beautiful women? Your covers don't make them look younger, they just don't look like themselves!
Sincerely,
--Judy Mumma

I am now 60. 40 years ago I was a hippie in ripped jeans. Now I am a retired university fundraiser who for the last 39 years wore neutral suits and closed toe pumps. I am 5'6" and wear a size 0 in jeans, so I must shop junior stores to buy jeans that fit.
So, I am breaking out of a conservative mold and into fun jeans styles, including ripped, brightly colored, patterned, and more. I love my jeans of all types and styles. When you tell us 60 year olds not to wear ripped jeans, I want to say, but they're so cute! And I look great in them!
I am glad in your monthly editor's letter you allowed us the right to be different from your "wrong."
--Elizabeth Felts

I always feel so content after reading More. There is always something leaves a smile on my face. On page 51 of your March issue there is a beautiful woman with the caption "This is what 48 looks like". Seeing women the same age as me is refreshing and keeps me posted on what my age can look like for women who take care of their skin.I think I'm right on track.... This is what 49 looks like...
--Anonymous

What I hope is that you will save this e-mail and read it on your 70th birthday.

I was distressed when reading the otherwise excellent issue of March 2013 to see that the feature on what to wear in your 30"s (hopelessly young to be in your magazine) 40's, 50's and 60's then abruptly stops. What? Women disappear when they turn 70?

I have just watched 75 year old Shirley Bassey KILL the audience at the Academy Awards. Still beautiful and still in fine voice. How about Jane Fonda? Give me a break.

Even some of us "normal" women are still stylish and struttin' our stuff in our seventies. So get with it, "More."

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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