We Hear You! Letters from Our September 2012 Issue

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by MORE • Editors
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I work hard to take care of myself and love getting compliments that I look younger than I am. However, I get a constant sense of inadequacy and dissatisfaction with myself after reading Glamour and Cosmopolitan because their models and even the celebrities featured are airbrushed to such perfection that I can't help feeling unhappy with myself because no matter what I do, I cannot get all of my laugh lines and wrinkles to go away and cannot get myself down to a size zero (I am a 10-12) and if I did, I certainly couldn't do it without some stretch marks and cellulite spots, of which nothing of the sort show in the magazines. Does it make sense for me to basically subscribe to self esteem issues and feeling inadequate? I decided at 35, there is too much else to worry about, I don't need to struggle with my self esteem on top of all else life has to offer.

I have not even made it through your whole magazine yet, but I like what I see and I like the sense of camaraderie and understanding of where mid 30's and older women are in life and what is important to them. I hope I continue to feel good about myself as I finish the second half of More.

I don't think that I am much different than other women out there. I want to spend time reading a piece of journalism that makes me feel like there are other women out there, especially celebrities, who battle the same issues I have as we mature. I want to put down my copy and feel sad that I have to wait another month, like I used to when I could more relate to the early twenty issues, relationship matters and career events that were important to me when subscribing to Glamour and Cosmo. Now those magazines make me feel like I have a ton of work to do on myself, that I need to start another new diet, re-think my entire wardrobe, start saving for plastic surgery...

I understand that maybe the average public person doesn't necessarily want to see a swimsuit model with severe cellulite, weight issues and stretch marks. I understand that part of society. It is a reality, but maybe we don't even need to see that at all in magazines. What I do love is that we all age, no matter what we try to do to stop it or how much time or money we invest. Why does that fact have to be hidden in the media? Thank you for keeping it real.

Please keep up the good work and I will be subscribing. I have many friends who I think are going to be refreshed and excited about this as well.

Thank you!
--Shea Wegner

Oh my goodness. What a great end of the day to come home to my September issue of More and read your page 22. Reality is: I have nine girlfriends who came back together in our late 40's after being friends since fourth grade. Today, school started in Dallas:-/(. Our kids are now in college, married, working, or in the military, and since we came back together, there has not been a dull moment. Sadly as it is, some are divorcing, some are becoming grandmothers for the first time, and some are questioning life in general. And may I add that my one and only daughter graduated from college in May 2011, married in November of the same year, and is now teaching kids with special needs to live on their own. Whaaa!
And my grandma name she wants to name me is "Grandma Wrinkles." Really?? I'm successful. I have worked 30-plus years through a male-dominated company and was recently named Vice President (second female in our company history). Now I'm questioning if I should run for the board of directors of my company or do I look at some nice beach where my grandkids can come visit someday and call me G'dub
(a cool way to reference Grandma Wrinkles)?

Anyway, I'm only on page 22 and felt the crazy urge to share what is going on in this 50-something life and nine girls coming back together after so many years apart.. I thank God every day and night for bringing us back together. We are conquering 50-plus, one day at a time.

Thank you MORE!
--Cindy Saigling

I am writing to apologize for my recent very angry survey answers. It has been bothering me since I hit “send,” As there is no way I can retract my answers, I decided to go through the book again, as you had asked us to do in the survey.

First Published June 28, 2012

Share Your Thoughts!


MeeCee Baker09.25.2012

I have been a supportive fan of More Magazine for years and appreciate the tag line: For Women of Style and Substance. When the October issue arrived, I immediately began leafing through the pages. While reading "A Field Guide to the Mature Male", I was floored by the disrepectful and low brow commentary. The magazine of style and substance has quickly morphed into that of the rude and crude. I am very disappointed in the editor's choice and believe an apology is in order. I have taught my teenage daughter to be civil and respectful. The magazine which treats her father in such a manner will no longer by placed on the coffee table for public consumption. Shame of the editors at More.

C Cocco09.24.2012

How and why would you include John Lennon in the Mature Man Hall of Fame for 1980? He physicall abused his first wife, Cynthia. He cheated on her, while still married, with Yoko Ono. And was estrangled with his son Julian. And you consider this a Mature Man? I certainly do not. He did honor or respect either of those individuals.

Mary-Anne 09.23.2012

I loved the outfit feature on page 4 of the September issue (love the skin you're in). I couldn't find any information about it in the article. Can you share who the designer is and where to buy? Gorgeous!

Patty Matteo09.17.2012

I absolutely love More magazine. I have given it to friends as gift for the past few years. I loved your article on Diane Lane. I have always liked her but reading this article has made me love her.
Patty Matteo
Colorado Springs, CO

Patricia B.09.14.2012

I'm liking the trend toward publishing articles with a little more substance. In particular, September Issue, "The Lawyer of Last Resort". Excellent article, excellent writing. It's nice to look at the pictures of all the lovely things to have and buy, but for real interest, the in depth articles are my favorite. Thank you!

Hi Sue Gilfoy, Sorry you're having trouble with the survey. We just checked and it looks like it's still opened. If you'd like to still take it, you could do so here: more.com/september-2012-survey. Thanks for the feedback! --MORE.com Editors


I am really tired of a general interest women's magazine, most of which I very much enjoy, using many articles as a forum to push politcal views and support particular candidates. I will let my subscription lapse the next time it comes up for renewal. I eagerly started reading your article "Why Testosterone is the New Estrogen" and ended up recycling the entire magazine after reading the first page of that article. Statements such as "And as we learned from Barack Obama, it takes only one person to make the picture look different" and then in the next paragraph statements about how wonderful the author believes Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pilosi to be are merely political, and have no place in this magazine. If I wanted to read a political magazine, I would buy one. I do not buy More for this and I do not want to see it, in particular in such a one-sided, biased manner. I am a successful professional woman, and I am a Republican. Please keep in mind that approximately 46% of Americans voted for the Republican candidate in the last election. I am offended by your obvious bias and your assumption, issue after issue, that everyone supports a certain party and the current president. This is not the case and statistics bear this out.

I enjoyed your brief article about the IPhone's Siri (p. 36, September 2012). But you missed the point when Siri sung the 1892 song, "Daisy, Daisy", which is actually called "Daisy Bell". According to Wikipedia (and anyone ever associated with or appreciative of the history of speech synthesis): In 1961 an IBM 704 became the first computer to sing, in a demonstration of Bell Labs' newly invented speech synthesis -- and the song was "Daisy Bell". In the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey the intelligent HAL 9000 computer during its deactivation loses its mind and degenerates to singing "Daisy". The reason the computer reverted to singing this song, according to the film, was because it was one of the first things HAL learned when it was originally programmed. The author of the story, Arthur C. Clarke, had seen the 1961 demo. So Siri was reminding you of her heritage, which is kind of sweet.

chloe dreyfus09.02.2012

Just a note regarding teh Notebook item "Is Siri sexist?" In the movie 2001, when HAL the computer is being decommissioned, he regresses through his acquired intelligence. At one point he sings "Daisy," which was taught to him by his programmers in Uranna, IL, meant to be a dispaly of nuance and inflection. All 2001 fans - male and female -- appreciate the reference.

Sue Gilfoy08.30.2012

Just read the September issue and went on line to take the survey which is supposed to be open till 9/30. It is 8/30 and the website tells me the survey is closed. Why didn't you let it run till the date noted in Sept. issue? Anyway. . . a few comments. I have enjoyed your magazine for several years although I agree with a few of reader comments that it seems to be featuring younger women every month. What happened to celebrating the women who are in their 60's, 70's and even older? Surely there are some great "really" older women. Not every woman over 60 wants to be hidden away with a bag over her head. Many of us are proud of what we are doing and are living busy, vital lives - not sitting around waiting to get discarded. I enjoy many of your articles but find so many of your articles on fabulous fashions and beauty products to be way, way toooo expensive for the average woman of almost any age. In some issue your editors should challenge themselves to dress a woman head to toe for,say, less than $200 and look fabulous. Have you ever heard of resale? There are just as many classic styles just waiting to be discovered there as at Saks 5th Avenue or other high end stores.

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