We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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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.

Share Your Thoughts!


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

Liz 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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