I have been a subscriber to More for some time. I greatly enjoy the focus on the mature woman. The articles are interesting and often inspiring, as is the story of Dottie Laster and her efforts to rescue those captured in human trafficking. The clothing suggestions and makeup tips bring out my inner shopper. The magazine itself is visually appealing. However, I was saddened to read A Field Guide to the Mature Man. It seemed to me to be only a parody of what real men are. You dedicated eight pages to this article. This accumulation of male stereotypes might have been acceptable as part of an April Fools' issue. I think your philosophy is to promote the real and legitimate accomplishments of women. If this is so, that article seemed dissonant. Do women need to step up by stepping on men? No. Would your readers resent an article that satirized pendulous breasts, sagging bottoms, Botox enhanced features? Yes. So why abandon your focus and laudable philosophy and stoop to this type of article? I have been married for 43 years to a wonderful man who fit none of these stereotypes and who has always supported my dreams. I know that I am lucky and that this is not every woman's experience. But I think Dottie Laster is as lucky as I. Please consider my thoughts and measure your future articles against your editorial philosophy.
--Judith F. Schadl
It’s probably a good idea that I follow up my entry to the “Show Us your Smarts” contest in the October issue of More with this letter. I think I need to apologize and perhaps better explain myself. The morning I completed the survey, I had received yet another e-mail from a potential employer that they had chosen another candidate to fill the job. Unfortunately, I have received a great deal of these e-mails since I became unemployed in May. In a lot of cases, I am not being chosen for these jobs because the employers are choosing younger candidates.
So your survey came at a good time or a bad time, depending on how you look at it. I did write up the following to more thoroughly explain my opinion of More magazine:
So do you want to hear the good news or the bad news first? With our current political environment bombarding us with bad news and negative information, I think it best to always start with the positive news. I really like your magazine, and I am probably your typical reader of More. I am 48 years-old, a professional woman with three grown children. I have been married for 25 years and have lived in the same home in the same neighborhood for 20 years. Unfortunately, I have been unemployed since May, 2012.
I am in the middle: middle, meaning part of what is considered the middle class. We middles are what the current political forum is calling “middle income” women, and right now we have it pretty tough. We hold down a full-time job, have a family, a home, and many responsibilities. We cut coupons. We shop for deals online and in the stores. We are more likely to shop at Kohl’s and Macy’s than Tiffanies, Bloomindales or Coach. We often color our own hair and do our own nails, and worry about our weight as we age; we also worry about our wrinkles. Some of us own animals; some of us are dealing with an illness. Many of us have elderly parents or relatives that we also have to care for on top of everything else.
Speaking as a typical reader, there are many things that I like about More magazine. I like that there are advertisements in your magazine from Target, JC Penney and Anne Klein. The products advertised are affordable to those who most likely will purchase the magazine—middles like me. I enjoyed the articles and essays and I particularly liked the “Look Better with Age: 20 Real Women’s Secrets,” “The Cat on My Head,” “A Field Guide to the Mature Male.” I like that there is information about the upcoming elections, although a very short article, and articles that discuss women’s health and retirement.