We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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I went to your website to complete the survey and found a message that it is no longer active. I found this frustrating because I logged on to take the survey after reading the Sept issue with Diane Lane and found the survey query for the Oct/Salma issue. I searched my local Barnes Noble, CVS, Target and couldn't find this issue. You can understand my frustration to now find the survey closed. Hence, this email. I have never takensurveys because they are "time-consuming" or quite frankly, I usually could care less. However, I was moved to contribute. Mainly,because of the prize but more importantly because I am a magazine-whore (as well as shoe-coffee-beauty whore) and because I bought your premier issue when I was in my early  30's. I remember telling my sister I couldn't wait to turn 40 because of how cool, edgy, and powerful you made +40 look. I subscribed to your magazine and I don't remember at what point I didn't. But still found myself buying it off the newsstand. I love being seduced by words, images, mood, color, style, juxtaposition, and ideas! You quit seducing me :(

I'm not sure what you asked in the survey but here's what I think.

I HATE YOUR FONT. It's too " Kiehls" or "Bigelow". It's too old fashioned! Maybe you think the mature audience would appreciate it. They might appreciate it in a product that promises to deliver after many years. But not in magazine that we turn to keep us updated, forward, edgy or sophisticated. (The font I'm referring to is the one you use as page headings: Contents, Letter, Notebook, etc)

The Oct cover issue with Salma: too busy and cluttered. I like Salma. But the cover-- Too much hair, too many words, and too many sizes.

 Why didn't you use the photo of Salma on page 8? That would've been powerful!

Pitch the travel photo idea--Glamour and even the Detroit Red Wings do that.

 Instead, have a "More" page where your readers send in photo, age, and city and tell us what they now have "more" of.

It would be like a transformation page. They used to be quiet/shy/suppressed and now "more" outgoing/funny/sexy.

Please make this a reader page. We are bombarded with enough movie stars, models etc. I'm talking about the amazing women that your colleague collects

I love the beauty search idea. I love the Notebook pages! I love Stylebook! I love the Beautybook. They are to the point.

Clean. Streamlined. I love the Second acts.

Again, I HATE YOUR FONTS. The font for the article Sex Trafficking's Unlikely Angel. It sucks--too hard on the eyes.

I skipped the whole article!

I loved the Joy of Ex article--hated the font.

Loved the field guide to men. Keep it!

How about a Sass-and- the-City page? Women everywhere have a girl’s night out. How are women +40

Celebrating? What are they doing and how long have they been gathering? Take pics of 3-4women out w/brief profiles and how they celebrate being women.

Thank you in advance for reading my email.

--Linda

As a veteran image consultant and jewelry blogger, I just loved Jennifer's article on re-defining your personal style by clearing out your closet. In response to her question, "is there a such thing as an age-appropropriate necklace?" on pg.54...well yes there is!  I thought she would enjoy my blog post on the subject:

 

http://www.jewelryfashiontips.com/age-appropriate-jewelry/

--Amy Roseveare

What’s your reaction?

Comments

Iris 11.05.2012

Well, the article A FIELD GUIDE TO THE MATURE MALE, to me, was disrespectful to men, disrespectful to my husband, and, frankly disrespectful to me. There was NOTHING positive in this article and I didn't find it funny. I found it offensive.
Have I gotten too old for MORE Magazine? I didn't think so. At 61 yrs young I still work part time, I go to the gym, I know how to have a good time.
I am disappointed.

Amy Kar10.26.2012

I found so much meaty stuff to read in the October issue. You seem to put the more frivolous articles up front, but I do enjoy the occasional makeup info, even if I don't spend quite so much on the stuff!
But I'm really writing to say how much I got out of reading the piece on sex trafficking, the piece on Isabel Wilkerson/Richard Wright in Paris, and the interview with Salma Hayek. They were all thought-provoking articles, and more important than "Hail to the Sheath;" granted, the women on TV need to look good for the cameras, but are they really purchasing most of their clothes from SFA, shoes from Jimmy Choo, and jewelry from Tiffany, or was that just magazine-sponsored for the photo shoot?!
As for the "Mature Male" thing - just silly and fun, if a little hyperbolic; I see no harm in it if you don't take it seriously!
I'm now officially in my sixties, having just turned 61 this week, but I still think there's enough in More for me (how I chuckle when I read, "This is what 42" looks like - just wait for menopause, honey!). I like the serious articles and I always read nutritional information (even though I get CSPI newsletter and often know more than your articles tell us!).

L 10.25.2012

This is a comment regarding your article on our first lady's article!! We elect a president not a first lady and our president is well payed for his service along with many wonderful perks the whole family endures.
Although the first lady job is not easy we must remember that it comes with a choice before taking it!! Our first lady receives many wonderful perks that include many trips around the world along with wearing and experiencing a most glamorous and expensive lifestyle which offer many great opportunties that strengthen her wordly experience and leave plenty of open doors for her future especially after she leave this honorable job. Yes indeed a stay at home mom can only dream of such a fascinating and fulfilling job as we do dont get paid and have no perks and do a heck of alot more scarificing!!! imagine the mom who works full time and still has to come home after a full day and atill play the role of an unpaid stay at home!!!! Yes indeed, no one promised the political world to be a rose garden afterall what job is? The one with no pay and many perks or the one with pay and no perks and lets not forget the hardest job the one of them all the no pay, no perks and alot of heck of alot more scarficing!! One day there will be a women president along with a first man (HOW SWEET THE SOUND) and he will reap the many benefits and great opportunities this great service for the people has to offer without pay!!!!! Never worried about any first lady regardless of their backgrounds before entering into this great service for the people because they are all well taken care of while they are in and are always well taken care when they come out, smelling like that wonderful fresh rose we all dream about!!!!!!

Mitzi 10.20.2012

I thoroughly enjoyed the article on the woman combatting sex-trafficking. For once, you profiled a woman who is not a fashion plate with a perfect figure and tons of money to throw at uncomfortable shoes. Please - more stories about real women making a difference!
Notice a bit of "mission creep" in the past few issues......featuring more under 50 women and over. Having second thoughts about your audience, are you?

Marianne Harmon10.20.2012

I had a subscription to More a few years ago but cancelled it because I didn't think it represented me well at all. I saw Salma Hayek on the cover of October's issue and picked up a copy out of curiosity. When I read through it, I remembered why I cancelled my subscription previously. In your article, Hail to the Sheath: Reporters Wear This Season's Best Silhouette, it was remarkably noticeable that you included all major networks except Fox News. You had women from PBS, MSNBC, CNN, NY Times, Washington Post, CBS This Morning, and Politico.com, all left-leaning, if not tilting, organizations. Are you trying to purposely limit your audience to less than half the country? Be inclusive, not offensive.
Marianne Harmon
Severna Park, MD

Elizabeth 10.06.2012

Like many other readers whose comments I’ve read here, I was surprised to find something as callous and offensive as “Guide to the Mature Male” in this magazine. Hey, like most of the women who read this, I have a guy and he's pretty great, or I wouldn't have chosen him.
This is typically the one magazine that I read cover-to-cover, have recommended on many occasions, and have given as a gift to many friends and family. I still enjoy many of the features and articles in it. I always laugh at the high-end fashion—over $1000 for a pair of shoes, a handbag? Are there really women who can’t find enough useful things to do with aalllllll their money that they would spend like that? But one trend I’ve seen lately that I really don’t like is the mind-numbing number of ads up front. The September issue was the worst—FOURTEEN PAGES OF ADS before getting to the table of contents? —what is this, CosMOREpolitan?

Leann Holcomb10.02.2012

I have always enjoyed reading More magazine until this month. I found "Kathy Griffin's 7 reasons not to date a man over 40" vulgar, offensive, and not at all what I expect to find in a magazine that targets "women of style and substance". I would expect this from one of your trashy competitors. If this is the direction your magazine is going I'm sad to say I will not be going with you.

Robbie Davis09.29.2012

I read the article on concierge medicine with interest. I converted to a concierge plan a number of years ago to follow my long-time GP. Although I truly appreciate the perks of the system (and they have been very helpful on a number of occasions), I feel very guilty that I should be able to get better health care merely because I can afford it. This speaks to the wider issue of why we desperately need health care reform.

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