We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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Now, the bad news and you may feel that I am planting myself on a soapbox, preaching to the proverbial choir.  However  . . . .  when will it end?  When do we women not have to worry so much about our crow’s feet, laugh-lines or muffin tops?  Is there a deadline?  Is there a magical age when we simply accept ourselves and all of our flaws?  Or will it always come down to our looks, our bodies and how well we keep ourselves?

When will we have women’s magazines stop mass producing articles on getting fat, getting old, being less that model picture-perfect?  Find me a magazine that empowers women by celebrating what they do, how they have contributed to society, not what they look like.  Who cares what she looks like, if she can raise millions of dollars for wounded soldiers, or find the gene that will cure a disease, lead a country, or be a good mother to her children?  Why do we hold in such esteem the looks of a woman, but not her accomplishments?

Your magazine is littered with ads that buy into this mindset that aging or being less than perfect is a bad thing.  Why must your ads for jeans have “slimming features?”    There are so many ads for face creams and serums that repair wrinkles and reverse aging or firm up the skin on the face and neck or remove hair, so on and so on.  So many ads for various hair products for us old gals:  hair color to get rid of the gray or solutions to help with thinning hair.  Why?  How about a nice handbag or a snappy pair of shoes?  Every woman loves both, no matter the color of her hair, her sagging eyelids or the amount of fat on her belly.

I am 48, in the throes of peri-menopause.  Why do I have to work so hard at being thin, young-looking, energetic, perfect?  Well, I am putting my foot down.  I say, it’s my husband’s turn.  I give up.  I am tired of coloring my hair, applying the right face cream, eating right and exercising and never getting rid of the wrinkles and 5 extra pounds of belly fat.  I plan to not fight it so hard anymore and simply  . . . age.  

Okay, I apologize again for my soapbox tirade.  Overall, your magazine is pretty awesome and you can tell a great deal of work has already gone into finding the right ads and articles for your target audience.  My opinion may not be the same as everyone’s and most often it isn’t.  But I applaud you for asking for feedback from your readers.  It shows your magazine is willing to reach out to its readers for their opinions, for their feelings on how to make the magazine even better.  Growth and change is an important part of moving forward.   Ultimately, isn’t that what life is all about?

 So perhaps your magazine will join me as we grow and age together, and hopefully we can do it gracefully.

Thank you so much for listening.

--Sheila Murphy-Palermo

I was getting interested in MORE but then I realized it is simply another liberal biased magazine. Your interviews and articles about Andrea Mitchell, Nancy Pelosi, etc. gave it away. However, this month's "Seven Newswomen “finished it off for me. Your colors showed just by leaving out Fox News, which, despite Obama's badmouthing, is still the most watched news channel on cable news and is probably now the most watched news period. Many people are absolutely boycotting other news stations because they can't keep from being biased. This election will be close. No matter who wins, you're going to turn off lots of people. I am not alone in refusing to pay for left-sided propaganda. I have cancelled other subscriptions and will cancel this one, too. I will now write letters to the companies who advertise with you.

Smarten up!!

--Sydney Messett

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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