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.
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.