We Hear You! Letters from Our October 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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My name is Shakuntala Dev and I am 49 years young living in Sacramento California. I enjoy reading More Magazine every month and share with my friends as well. What I most enjoy reading in your magazine is articles on every day women who inspire in beauty and brain. Your Magazine covers should be on everyday women as well. I don't read any article on Celebrities specially if it on Beauty and make up. I hope you would put more emphasis on women like me who eat well, exercise and and raise a family and still look years younger than their age without using any expensive beauty products.

I have attached a photo to prove my point. I took this photo of myself in Tahiti in May of this year.


--Shakuntala Dev.

You will never know how excited I was when you came on the market!  Finally, a magazine for mature women!  A magazine that contained something more than how to raise your kids, make your man happy in bed, and cook a healthy supper!  I loved your articles written by real women who conquered obstacles in their lives, lived through horrific events and shared their stories with us, empowered us......  I even enjoyed the updated makeup and hair trends although was disappointed that they were presented- as always - on rail thin models.  For several years as a loyal subscriber I have winced at your decidedly liberal leanings and raves about Hilary Clinton, Michelle Obama, etc. while ignoring conservative women with equally, if not more, stellar careers and lives.  But this is the very last straw, MORE!

The female newsanchors you portrayed in this issue were ALL liberal mainstream mouthpieces for the current administration and not one FOX news anchor or author in their midst!  Come on now!  During election year you would be this brazen!  Many letters have echoed my sentiments over the past months but you obviously do not care about your conservative readers who cannot get weak-limbed and faint over Obama and his minions!  There is a vast divide between Madison Avenue and Mainland America and you proved that you are not "woman "enough to cross it!  Please cancel my subscription immediately.

--Dr. Carol Ann Gillespie

More magazine may have good content but I find the print size hard to read.  The print is smaller than every magazine that I currently subscribe to or have subscribed to in the past.  I would suggest that you will reach more women/readers if the size of the print was not so small.  I will not be renewing my subscription and want you to know the reason why.

--Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen

I have found myself looking for a More magazine again, to find your letter.

I do not have a subscription to More yet, due to so many others needed to keep current. Your magazine I seek out and pay full price for.

What you write is exactly what is current and of interest to me. I am 56, divorced and raised two strong, independent women. I mean independent, not on parental or government dole since graduating from college in four years. Own a multinational home-furnishing/design company that I built while raising the girls. I love this time watching them shine in their feminine strength (one an accountant, one a rocket scientist—yes, really). I love this time for me, a window in my life to allow me to justifiably be focused on me and my career guilt free! Grandchildren will come soon enough.

Do not change or be pressured into the mind-set of the liberal majority in trend publishing.

I will continue to look forward to your monthly letter.

--Kathleen Kenworthy

Just read your October issue of MORE article “Lose the Clutter, Find Your Style”—well, it made me do it.  Closed the magazine and went downstairs to the closet. I first removed all my “oh my gosh, you’re too old for that” items and hauled them all upstairs to the couch. Next to my walk-in closet that is not very walk-in friendly and did the same thing.

I feel like I have shed 10 pounds, which for me actually isn’t a good thing, but what the heck, it felt great! Next stop: Goodwill box.

Thanks, Jennifer. You pushed me to do something I have dreaded for many years!

 --Dolores P.

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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