We Hear You! Letters from Our November 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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Looking back at my Father's world, I discovered a place where prostitution--the old "whore house" or "brothel"--might have been illegal but was often overlooked by local authorities.  Especially around Army bases of the time period.  I discovered that one major reason for the outlawing of brothels was the staggering numbers of young men who enlisted for World War I, were infected with syphillis or gonorhhea, both not curable until WWII and the advent of antibiotics.  Around the time of my Father's birth--1925--the Klu Klux Klan held sway over a better part of the nation, as some sort of civil Taliban, enforcing what they thought to be the moral laws of the country (there were no such things but that didn't stop the Klan.)  Hence, when my Father one day referred to my Mother as "your race" (meaning Italian) I almost died of shame at my Father's thinking my Mother to be of a different race.  But, in the eyes of the KKK, and in the Deep South of the 20's and through the 30's, anyone who was black, Roman Catholic, or Jewish was a different "race."

The KKK involvement also explained my Mother's strange story of "ghosts"  that ran her family and other Italian immigrants out of Stroudsburg, PA sometime in the 1920's.  No, the man with the lions and the ballerina in the closet weren't ghosts--as my Mother and her sisters believed until their deaths.  They were, most likely, members of the KKK, running the "greaseball Italians" out of Stroudsburg Iwhich was also a KKK stronghold.)

So, you see  how someone like me, who truly wanted to understand her parents strange morality, their inability to understand me as a 70's teenager, their desire to join the John Burch society, and other things that I found absolutely morally reprehensible and "stupid" in my liberal thinking mind, could find Ms. Broyard's reminiscences overly delicate, romantic, and trite.
So, as I see it, More needs to step up its game--have more gritty stories like the ones that Glamour is starting to run, and less bourgeois whining.  Not to mention that it would be so nice to see some stories with a sense of humor and not shame over things like ageing, dating, fashion and so forth. If I want to feel ashamed of being over 50, I'll read Oprah's magazine, which is chock full of body and age hatred for just about any age group of women.
--Tish Grier

I am a 60 year old married woman! I was lucky to meet a nice man when I was 41! Until then I had my best friend Muffy!! He had been abused! He was with me for 15years through thick and thin! In my life-my dogs have been my soulmates! I now have a 13 year old schnauzer and a 3 year old poodle!!!

They are my kids!! I was not lucky enough to have children!! You have kids but many of us do not! What is pamela redmond Satran thinking?  These wonderful dogs make our life so special!

They need homes! Everyone of them is terrific!!

Let us take care of them! Please do not put an article in to more magazine that is against our best friends!

Share Your Thoughts!


Penney White12.18.2012

I came across MORE on my local library magazine rack a few years ago. This is my access point to any type of tabloid, free. That is my first and probably foremost problem, pricing. Thank goodness for being online.
I liked the idea of a magazine for my age group that wasn't soaked in recipes and sowing ideas. Generally the articles you share are interesting and informative, but the people you write about are those that an everyday woman may consider unattainable in comparison. The Christina Applegate story was a pleasure. It gave a sense that she was an everyday person, sort of. Other then that the thing that stands out to me is your pick of "This is what 40-50-60 Looks like" Those are beautiful women and that is wonderful, kudos to them on their appearances but there are women with less perfect BMI's, complexions, and scars that are MORE beautiful and should be pointed out as well. Thank you for your time.


November Issue
I was offended by the article on Page 26 about the first ladies because it included Ann Romney, before the election.
I had planned on giving a gift of a subscription to a friend but she may be offended as well.
Please do not print my name.

Noreen Martin11.15.2012

Thanks for the engaging article on Christina Applegate. I am now a bigger than than I was before. I love her show (all that preceeded this one except MWC) and the cast that make her shine. It's great for her to portray a character on TV so close to her real life. Her history was interesting and I had no idea about anythign other than when she had breast cancer. Nice to know more than the bad stuff about celebrities. Thanks again.

Candace Rao11.15.2012

I'm one of your subscribers who read More magazine from beginning to end and I've loved reading it for years! Maybe it's because I'm 61 now, but is it my imagination or are the feature photos on the cover personality getting a little too kittenish? I've noticed this for the past year, at least. These are accomplished woman and yes, very beautiful. But why are they photographed in provacative poses for me?

leanne 11.04.2012

It's good Pamela Satran recognizes pet ownership comes with responsibility. I wouldn't try to talk her into adopting a homeless pet since she's already weighed her interest level and found it wanting. But this "humor" writer rubbed me the wrong way with her selfish focus. I guess I was too tired from my week volunteering at our local animal shelter to find levity in her topic. It's likely that seeing perfectly adoptable but unwanted puppies, kittens, cats and dogs put to sleep day after day has rendered me unable to be lighthearted about the subject. Could you pass this message along to the writer for me? When she's feeling great, enjoying her freedom and wearing her hair-free black chic clothes, could she totter over to her checkbook in her mid-life heels and write a check to her local animal shelter so that the animals that aren't getting adopted can enjoy one more day too? Thanks!

Susan Asnes10.30.2012

As a socially conscious vegan, I would be over-the-moon if just once you would feature a spread of vegan meals/recipes and vegan makeup/clothing. Is it too much to ask?
I converted to a vegan lifestyle on Jan 1, 2011 thanks to Alicia Silverstone's inspiring book: The Kind Diet as well as her blog: The Kind Life. Prior to that, I was a dairy eating vegetarian. Not long after adopting a vegan lifestyle, 15 lbs melted off of my body without even trying. My skin absolutely glows. I feel wonderful and I have oodles of energy. Personally, I think I look better now at 45 than I did before I became a vegan.
It seems to only make sense that if you care about your health, your longevity, and the impact you are having on the planet, well then adopting a vegan lifestyle is the only way to go.
I won't bother promoting my blog in this comment but perhaps Alicia's blog and book will inspire you.
My two cents.
Susan Asnes
Boston, MA

carrie shapiro10.27.2012

I love More magazine and feels this fills a true need that's lacking for women 40 and OVER who still want beauty tips, wardrobe advice and how to keep current on all topics. My frustration is the lack of reality for the high end designer clothes shown that most of your readers can't afford. C'mon More! Get real and help the everyday woman look pulled together with affordable clothes from basic department stores in our neighborhoods including the Targets and Marshalls around us!

Czgirly 10.26.2012

I just finished reading the article in the November 2012 issue by Pamela Redmond Satran. That one page could have been could have been used to encourage people to (1) Support their local spay/neuter programs. (2) adopt a dog from their local rescue or human society. (3) donate time or money to support animal rescues. (4) Help to stop puppy mills. But instead, ignorance prevailed and selfishness prevailed.
But I am positive that any Rover, Spot, Fido, Rufus or Lola that she didn't adopt, was a very lucky dog.
But please know that those of us who love our pet "children" are so much more blessed in our lives with our pets. I would rather have my Golden Retriever's hair on my clothes than baby puke or a leaky diaper. The unconditional love of a dog is heartwarming and has a positive effect on your health.
But hey, for all the dogs who are in shelters now due to the economy and job loss just lost a chance at being adopted and getting a second chance at life due to your shallowness. I see at the end of the article that you are the author of a new humor book "Rabid: ......". I saw no humor in your half page in this magazine so I can't imagine how you could say anything positive about owning a dog in a whole book.

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