We Hear You! Letters from Our November 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Emily Wakeling works for a nonprofit company and to suggest that she wear the kinds of clothes offered, from $943 to $2,345 per outfit, is obscene.

Fundraisers need to be presentable, as Emily certainly is in her suit, but it would make me wonder where my charity-dollars are going, if employees of the non-profit company were dressed so extravagently.

This is the only thing I did not like about MORE this month - the remainder of the magazine was pulled-apart for terrific articles I can share with my family and friends.

Thanks
--J. Macdonald

My November issue arrived today with a renewal notice. The cover talks about 30, 40 and 50's. Have you abandoned the 60's? I am on the top left in this picture with my 30's decade daughters and grandchildren. I hate to think that I have become irrelevant to More.
--Martha Wunderli

After reading the past few issues I started thinking that the magazine is not what it claims to be - for the mature reader.  The clothes are too expensive and the women featured in second acts generally had a successful career (and a nest egg) before choosing to do something else.  Yesterday the November issue arrived with a 36 year old on the cover.  "No more More."

I have given gift subscriptions (that i got by renewing MY membership) to nieces, but it is so THEY can understand what is ahead of them in life.

I am a charter subscriber who wants a magazine to age with me as I pass through from looking like a woman to an elderly person.  i am 61 and try to maintain my appearance so i want more articles that pertain to what I am going through.

The forty yr olds have the same magazines i QUIT taking when i found they did not cater to my tastes/body type/physical limitations(no more aerobic exercises for me)  anymore.

When you have the "age" fashions there is NOT ONE OUTFIT me nor my friends would wear.EVER. i am still reeling from the time a pink haired man was trying to give his advice on what women older than 50  should wear. Ckout page 33. Now that is a dress i would wear! Even to church!

i literally found nothing  in the NOV issue from products to articles that would make it look like MORE  is NOT becoming just another magazine for the xyz crowd. Seriously , on page 67 the interviewer is asking Sarah HER advice on beauty?

You just need to take a closer look at who is your real audience and quit humiliating us with advice from people equivalent to great grandchildren or i will not renew my subscription.
--Anonymous

I've enjoyed your magazine for a long time.  I am now 58, and I'm wondering if I've reached the upper limit of your target audience, especially when I see articles like "how to age well at 30, 40, 50" in the November 2013 issue.  What does that imply for age 60?
--Lisa Haas

"may be socialized medicine isn't so bad after all", really? Old people in our country can't afford their meds and families go bankrupt due to medical conditions. As an editor, superficial comments revealing a total lack of knowledge about the issue is such a disappointment. I thought More's leadership had "more" than this. The magazine mustn't segment for educated readers.
--Francoise Aylmer

So outraged and disappointed to open my eagerly awaited More magazine to find SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, age 36, on the cover???!!!

Whatever happened to MY more, the one that celebrates us who actually have hit middle age???!!!

I’m a fit, beautiful, healthy, active 52 year old, and yes I use botox regularly, but I DO NOT want More to blur its commitment to us 40+ fabulous women!!

Being in your 30 and the mother of young children is an interesting stage, BUT IT’s NOT More!

If I see this again, I will cancel my subscription and no longer give it to my girlfriends as an annual present, as I have done for a decade now.

DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED.
--Rebecca

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Lulu Shelley12.01.2013

When I first discovered More is 2004 I was 44. I was so excited to find a magazine that discussed issues revelant to my age and older. I recommended this magazine to all my friends and became a subscriber. I have been reading letter after letter how you have changed it, along with you editorial discussing this a few months back. Maybe the magazine was losing money, who know? I almost hope that was the reason you changed it other than just making it your own, putting your stamp on it. This was not the vision of the founder and I would be furious if you did that.
I used to spend t least an hour on my first read through. Now, I spend about 30 minutes. The articles aren't as intriguing, but mostly it is do to the font size. I have to put on my bifocals to attempt to read your magazine, and even then I start skimming throught it. Too much type squeezed in narrow rows with small fonts.
I plan on letting my subscription run out. It's a crying shame what you've done to this one magazine for us.

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