We Hear You! Letters from Our November 2013 Issue

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by MORE • Editors

Dear Editor:

The article in the November issue about the link between domestic violence and chronic illness left me absolutely speechless.  I think this might be the most powerful, important writing your magazine has ever published.  This is must read information - I have already shared on social media and will be distributing copies at the non-profit I work for.  Bravo to the researchers who took this on, to Alexis Jetter, and to More!  Keep pieces like these coming.

Sincerely,
--Jessica Murphy

On Wednesday, October 23 I was just told that I had severe arthritis in my neck with disintegrating discs.  I also have severe arthritis in my feet.  My doctor said he couldn't believe it was so bad for my age.  It was like I was 10-15 years older in my body.

I have had chronic sinus problems and have had four surgeries.  After the abuse started I developed severe allergies.  I have lots of other symptoms.  Sometimes I blamed myself.

So here is the cool news!  I came home from the doctor and took your magazine out and found the article on A Hidden Cause of Chronic Illness.  (I just started my subscription again after a few years - love the format!).  I could not believe it.  It explains everything.  The best part is its not really my fault.  Yes it is for marrying two abusers but no it is not for what they did).  It is so much easier when you have information and you can throw blame out the window.  It's like Katy Perry's new song "By the Grace of God" and the lyrics are "We were living on a fault line and I thought the fault was all mine!"

Thanks for caring enough about us survivors to publish such a great article and thanks to Alexis Jetter for writing it.
--Anonymous

One cannot help but feel an emotional tug when reading about these women's experiences.  Another thread of proof of the mind-body connection.

I myself, used to jump three feet in the air if anyone came up behind me and always the reaction would be "What's wrong with you?".  Having a black eye at the age of two months was the beginning of sixteen years of beatings from an angry father.  He's ninety-one now and while strokes have caused physical frailty, his mind and his tongue are as sharp and abusive as ever.  It's taken a long, long time to become more emotionally balanced, but better late than never.  Domestic violence can come from parents and siblings as well as partners.
--Anonymous

After reading your amazing magazine last night I wanted to share my 43, after 5 children and a journey back to a healthy lifestyle that has allowed me a life I never imagined. Thank you for showing that Over 40 Rocks!

In Health
--Nancy

Lesley,

Congratulations !! On the wonderful trueful article on DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. I live this life for twenty  years. I no longer live with this man. I left him in the summner of 1993.  I have develope a chronic illness Rheumatory Arthritis. God Bless your magazine and the author plus The Verizon Foundation.
--Anonymous

Thank you for the above mentioned article in your November issue!

I read it and re-read it.

Domestic violence is, unfortunately, an old subject that seems to me to be a difficult one to decrease in the statistics but what made your article beyond fantastic is the study on how it affects children and makes them ill.

This subject deserves to get more attention. Whether through the media, through doctors' offices, in schools, through honest conversations among family members and friends we cannot afford to neglect our children a fair chance in life.

Thanks again!
--Soraya Figueiredo

To the editor,

I am a survivor of some of the worst physical and emotional child abuse at the hands of my natural parents. I was beaten over and over, my head slammed into ceramic tile walls, whippings, and knives held to my throat. My college educated "parents" ( if you can call them that) threw my then 4 year old brother put into the snow and told him to run away and not to come back. I am also a physician and easily recognize conditions that can indicate women abused.

From a professional standpoint, I am sick to death of having every ill of our society blamed on doctors.  Abused people usually lie or hide their abuse.  If the doctor didn't put it together, don't blame the doctors.  Blame goes on the perpetrators. THE PERPETRATORS. Period.  Even now, my "philanthropic" child abusing "parents" are in denial that they did this.  How ghastly to see them go celebrations at their universities honoring them for their donations. Their evil has never been truly unmasked.

Don't blame the doctors.  Blame the perpetrators.  For the victim:  tell a friend because you may not see a doctor that often.

Sincerely,
--Anonymous

Dear MORE editors, publishers,

I especially enjoyed this November issue and all the articles were so helpful and informative!

So enjoyed -Could your boss have Asperger's, When Life forces you to change your self-image, and Especially- A hidden cause of chronic illness. After reading this magazine I pondered my nephew who seems to have Asperger's.  I'm now certain that his lack of social grace and character points to this, and helps me to better understand him.  Also, kudos to printing A hidden cause of chronic illness.  I was child abused and found many similarities in domestic/spousal abuse as child abuse.  Although over 20 years ago, I am still haunted, am still affected, suffer the migraines, the stress, the social phobia, etc of those harrowing years.  Very true doctors and nurses never ask, and all those years ago should be swept under the rug by society, yet we are a product of our environment, and live with the consequences of someone else's actions upon our being.

Thank you much for your wonderful selection of articles, More is getting better and better!!
--Anonymous

Dear Lesley,

Just read your piece. Tell Jeff I vouch for him - stepped in a hole on a golf course two weeks ago. Spent the last two weeks traveling begging for wheelchairs, airport carts, and ice bags. Better now but most painful thing ever! I swear childbirth was easier...
--Dayna

Lesley,

I smiled as I read your letter in this month's MORE magazine. Though we may paddle in "different lakes,"  we seem to be in the same boat. The last time my husband and I stole away for a romantic Charleston week-end, he was recovering from his own dramatic (much more painful than a break) foot "sprain." He still insists on playing tennis like a twenty year old, WITH twenty year olds, and pays a steep price for it.  As I watched my hero hobble down King Street, it struck me that living this phase of our lives is a lot  like making a good stew using only the ingredients we have in our fridge at this very moment. We started our married lives fully stocked, and now, 30 years later, we are trying to create a satisfying and nourishing experience with the left overs we can scrounge up from various bins and shelves. Some of what we had back in the day has long expired, but every so often I stumble across something I didn't even realize we still had and it adds some zest to our relationship and keeps things interesting.  Some of us have lots of great stuff to work with at this point…some of us have a lot less.  I guess the trick is to keep things simmering, add more spices,  and never stop stirring!

Thanks again for a great magazine!
--Cindy Cosgrove

Dear Lesley,

At first I was struck by your editorial, because I have a 16 year old who will soon be gone as well, and then what?  I have a nine year old as well, but I'm 50 now, so will I be vibrant and energized the same as I was with my first child?  However, in the last four weeks, I have lost four loved ones.  At your first mention of the "empty nest syndrome", I gasped, a little pain, knowing it was coming with my oldest.  But then bigger pains came; a lost father, aunt, a family dog put down, a friend's 35 year old son dying unexpectedly, and lastly, a 10 year old neighbor girl who died of cancer.  So you asked in your article, how are we navigating life's turning points?

My answer is not simple.  Yet, I am finding strength at my age that I never knew existed. Forget the 16 year old drama that "this last breakup is going to condemn me to a life being alone forever"; because I know better.  Not, that "mommy I have no friends in the class this year so no one like's me"; because I know better.  It hurts.  It hurts for your kids growing apart from you; it hurts from losing loved ones.  However, there is joy in the growth, if one can find it.  Yes, we are not the 20 something on TV that look amazing.  But who wants that angst that comes without knowing who you are and where you are going?  At our age, we already know who we are.  My son will go to college - probably in another country.  I could cry, or I could celebrate the opportunity he has.  I choose to celebrate for him.  I know my younger one will get through his turmoil, because I've already seen the first one do it, and know better.  That is a comfort that a first time parent does not have.  And I know that losing loved ones isn't a tragedy, but a gift that we should celebrate that we had them at all.

So in my first year of 50, I continue to do my job as a Parent Liaison at two public schools, be a manager of a Taekwondo Studio, and in the meantime, (yes, this is a true midlife crises:) I got my real estate license, and for fun became an ordained minister.  Just because I'm becoming an empty nester, does not mean I can't continue to grow and have new experiences.   Our lives are meant to be filled, and our children are meant to be out in the world.

Just a thought.
--Alyson Linville

Lesley,

I was shocked to see the cover of the most recent issue of More magazine stating "How to age well at 30, 40, 50".  What happened to women in their 60's?  I, along with several of my 50/60 year old friends will be canceling our subscriptions as it is obvious we are no longer relevant to your publication.
--Mary

What the heck?

This magazine has always been about women 40 and over.  How in the heck has it started to slip into what it said it did not want to do.

There are WAY TOO MANY magazines which cater to the 30 and under "women." 
Get back on course MORE.

--Anonymous

As long as More has been around it has been designed for women age 40-plus. I gather you are changing this focus. Last month you included a 32 year old woman in your readers model section, as if it is some great triumph to look good at 32. This month a 36 year old woman graces the cover along with the headline "Age well at 30, 40, 50." Used to, that would have read, Age well at 40, 50, 60. Every woman's magazine out there is aimed at women in their 20s and 30s. I cannot tell you how angry I am that you are changing More to focus on that demographic. I have always appreciated reading about women my age or older and what they've learned, their life philosophies, etc. I appreciate learning what they do to continue to look good. I am not interested in reading about a thirty-something woman's "battles" with aging or raising kids. Again, that is available in all the other magazines out there. What a slap in the face to all of your readers. Thanks for making us invisible all over again.
--Anonymous

Please, please, please stop accepting fragrance "enhanced" advertising. I love your magazine, but had to toss the latest issue out before I could even read it because it was so heavily perfumed. I suffer from fragrance allergies, so am more sensitive, but I have to believe that other readers out there -- allergies or no -- got headaches, too.
--Dana

I'm loving my new subscription to MORE, however I'm an active, fit, young looking 70 year young women. I would love to see MORE go a step further in including my age group while it addresses so many pertinent issues for women of all ages. I have a daughter who turns 50 this year and she has taken up tennis so she can be as healthy and fit for a long as possible too. Come on MORE let's show the world that even 70 or 80 is beautiful!
Many thanks,
--Beverley Camp

While there is no doubt that Emily Wakeling looks stunning in her new outfit in the November Stylebook, not many of us can afford to spend over $2400 on just one outfit.  The concept of closet updating is an excellent one but the article needs to work within the average woman's budget.  Would Emily be able to afford your recommendations?
--Anonymous

Hello,

I am a long time subscriber of MORE Magazine and want to share my reaction at my latest issue. The models used in the ads within the magazine are too young to represent the readership of your magazine.  Example- Estée Lauder's double page ad on the inside front cover depicts three young women who appear to be in their 20's, the next ad is ProX Olay with a model who might be in her 30's, and then there is an ad for Eileen Fisher with a beautiful young woman who is in her 30's... I have noticed this trend with each issue that I have received and finally decided to communicate my dissatisfaction.

I am 54 yrs old, and am fairly certain that there are models my age who can successfully represent and sell the products that advertise in your publication.  I belong to a fitness group comprised of women in their 40's, 50's, and even their 60's who are amazing, fit and beautiful who could lend a more realistic representation.

I am actually offended by the fact that the companies who spend millions of dollars trying to get me to purchase their products, don't have the sense to show someone my age using these products.

I feel that it's important to be true to your mission of empowering women in their 40's, 50's and 60's to embrace their beauty, talents and lives and reflect "us" in the pages of your magazine.

Sincerely
--Kathryn A. Ridner

I loved MORE. It spoke to my demographic with style and intelligence. I would read it cover to cover each month.  However, it's recent shift to a more 30 something perspective is troubling. Sarah Michelle Gellar is probably a lovely person, but she's 35.  The models you are using  (with the exception of the spread with Lauren Hutton.. By the way.. Fabulous) are twenty years younger than me.  You've become just another Marie-Clare or Glamour. There are 100 magazines for 30 somethings. MORE was just for us. Your mission was clear, but you all have lost your way. Bring back my magazine!

Thanks for listening.
--Erin Saddic

Dear Lesley--

I started reading More in my early 50's --so whenever the cover stated in your 30's, 40's, 50's, I felt I belonged. Now, at 64, I'm still going strong and still reading your magazine.  But, I feel left out and to my dismay feel that maybe More is no longer for me.  In the past three months, two issues hit me in the face with red letters--How to age well at 30, 40, 50.  I'm starting to feel that "I'm getting old" syndrome, especially when the magazine I love isn't embracing me.  I may not wear high, high heels anymore (thank God), but I still take care of my face, body and appearance. More should take (more) notice of their 50 year old readers, who sailed along gracefully on every informative article over the years, helping (if only a little) to enhance their wisdom, beauty and attitude.  So lets see more of More for the exuberant 60's.
--Donna Spears

Why did I buy a magazine for "women of my age" and find an Estee Lauder ad on page 1 with 3 lovely YOUNG girls, all under the age of 25? Really? Is there no way to run age appropriate advertising? I not only don't want to look like I'm 25 years old.. I CAN'T!!!!!
--Anonymous

Hate the change!

There is a huge difference in all aspects of life between our 30s and 40+. This covers everything from fashion & make-up to health issues to family/work issues to how we see the world through our life experiences.

I want to see only 40+ women on the cover, in the ads, and in the columns & articles. I really cannot relate to the issues of a 30-something.

I know 3 other women who purchase this subscription every year. None of us likes the change.

Please stop!
--Sherri Thompson

Dear Lesley,

MORE magazine is truly my favorite since it covers what I feel are important issues for women my age.

I am a 56 year old professional and have read this magazine since it's inception. The November issue was troubling for me. The article in Stylebook: Is your closet too old? had before and many after pictures.

The styles were exactly what I would love to wear but the prices were much more than I can afford. Skirts for $695 and $780! Tops for $325, $275 and $525! It seems like this article was geared towards women who are in the upper tier of wealth and spending.

I am sure the magazine does not wish this to be true so please include more moderately priced items for me too.

Thank you,
--Diane Terranova

To the Good people at MORE:

I was very disappointed to receive the November issue with Sarah Michelle Gellar on the cover.  She doesn’t belong on the cover of MORE – maybe in 5 years but not now.

There are many other women with more “life journey” that should be gracing the cover with their in-depth story. 

Please don’t start peddling backwards!

Thank you for your time.
--Megan Williams

Dear Lesley:

I purchased your magazine because I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this magazine.  This month, your cover feature was entitled "how to age well in your 30, 40, and 50.  I almost put the magazine back, figuring that I was out of you consumer base.  I am 63, and perhaps I have outgrown More.  Why would you neglect people over the age of 60!  I thought your magazine was designed for people above the age of ?, but perhaps you are now reaching for the 30 year old woman.  If that is the case, you need more articles on weddings, childbirth, and finding a career.

If you are wondering if I am offended, I have to respond emphatically; yes.

If 60 is the new 40, what are you thinking?  There are a lot of baby boomers out there still active and embracing life (not AARP) who are being ignored by this article.  Just giving you a heads up, because we will probably put the magazine back on the store shelf next month.
--Carole Lynn Gathman

Hello

I was really distressed by your article on page 27 - Is your closet too old?  Not so much for what you espousing, but because of the person you used as an example.

Emily Wakeling works for a nonprofit company and to suggest that she wear the kinds of clothes offered, from $943 to $2,345 per outfit, is obscene.

Fundraisers need to be presentable, as Emily certainly is in her suit, but it would make me wonder where my charity-dollars are going, if employees of the non-profit company were dressed so extravagently.

This is the only thing I did not like about MORE this month - the remainder of the magazine was pulled-apart for terrific articles I can share with my family and friends.

Thanks
--J. Macdonald

My November issue arrived today with a renewal notice. The cover talks about 30, 40 and 50's. Have you abandoned the 60's? I am on the top left in this picture with my 30's decade daughters and grandchildren. I hate to think that I have become irrelevant to More.
--Martha Wunderli

After reading the past few issues I started thinking that the magazine is not what it claims to be - for the mature reader.  The clothes are too expensive and the women featured in second acts generally had a successful career (and a nest egg) before choosing to do something else.  Yesterday the November issue arrived with a 36 year old on the cover.  "No more More."

I have given gift subscriptions (that i got by renewing MY membership) to nieces, but it is so THEY can understand what is ahead of them in life.

I am a charter subscriber who wants a magazine to age with me as I pass through from looking like a woman to an elderly person.  i am 61 and try to maintain my appearance so i want more articles that pertain to what I am going through.

The forty yr olds have the same magazines i QUIT taking when i found they did not cater to my tastes/body type/physical limitations(no more aerobic exercises for me)  anymore.

When you have the "age" fashions there is NOT ONE OUTFIT me nor my friends would wear.EVER. i am still reeling from the time a pink haired man was trying to give his advice on what women older than 50  should wear. Ckout page 33. Now that is a dress i would wear! Even to church!

i literally found nothing  in the NOV issue from products to articles that would make it look like MORE  is NOT becoming just another magazine for the xyz crowd. Seriously , on page 67 the interviewer is asking Sarah HER advice on beauty?

You just need to take a closer look at who is your real audience and quit humiliating us with advice from people equivalent to great grandchildren or i will not renew my subscription.
--Anonymous

I've enjoyed your magazine for a long time.  I am now 58, and I'm wondering if I've reached the upper limit of your target audience, especially when I see articles like "how to age well at 30, 40, 50" in the November 2013 issue.  What does that imply for age 60?
--Lisa Haas

"may be socialized medicine isn't so bad after all", really? Old people in our country can't afford their meds and families go bankrupt due to medical conditions. As an editor, superficial comments revealing a total lack of knowledge about the issue is such a disappointment. I thought More's leadership had "more" than this. The magazine mustn't segment for educated readers.
--Francoise Aylmer

So outraged and disappointed to open my eagerly awaited More magazine to find SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, age 36, on the cover???!!!

Whatever happened to MY more, the one that celebrates us who actually have hit middle age???!!!

I’m a fit, beautiful, healthy, active 52 year old, and yes I use botox regularly, but I DO NOT want More to blur its commitment to us 40+ fabulous women!!

Being in your 30 and the mother of young children is an interesting stage, BUT IT’s NOT More!

If I see this again, I will cancel my subscription and no longer give it to my girlfriends as an annual present, as I have done for a decade now.

DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED.
--Rebecca

Please say it isn't true?  When I pulled the November issue from my mailbox and saw the beautiful (and 36 year old) Sarah Michelle Gellar and the words "How to age well at 30, 40, 50", I sighed a sad sigh. MORE has always been the one magazine I could count on for an over-40 year old perspective. It's what made you unique and my favorite read. Now it looks like you are reaching out to a younger demographic, and you are going to be just like all the other women's magazines. I doubt I'll renew if this is where you are heading.
--Amanda Simonian

Dear Lesley,

I have been a subscriber of your magazine for quite a while now(at least 7 or 8 years).  I am 51 years of age.  I also recommended your magazine to many of my friends and women I deal with in my career since there never seemed to be a magazine that was focused on our age group.  I ordered a subscription for my sister (49) and a co-worker (52).  When I read your article saying you would be changing the magazine to allow it to include 30 year old women too I was disappointed since I felt you sold out like all the other magazines have and are making it “YOUTH” focused.  I thought I would wait and read a couple of issues before sending a letter to the editor.  Two other women that read your magazine both brought up to me how disappointing the latest issues have been.  There are so many magazines out there already that are for this age group and what most women I know liked about MORE magazine was the fact that our life was full and exciting at 40, 50 and 60 and our lives, fashion and stories were finally represented in your magazine.  I will not be renewing my subscription and I know of a few others who will not be renewing either.  I find it sad that a magazine would change from a magazine of substance to a youth oriented fashion magazine.
--Donna L. Ouellette

Hello,

Last night I read this article and it was a huge breakthrough for me. As a child I was verbally and physically abused and as a teen, had a mom with severe mental illness ended up in an abusive relationship where I was strangled and almost died numerous times aside from the stalking and broken bones. I've had years of therapy but have been told that my "sympathetic nerve" is always on. Although my life has been great for 20 years I have issue with stress, tension, joints, etc. I had shingles at age 30... I wish the article had more info on how to re-wire your brain/body but at least it helps me understand this but hope that it is not an early death sentence and can be reversed somehow.

Thanks,
--Anonymous

Good morning to you,

I frequently buy More magazine as I am in my 40’s and find much of the information in it useful and enjoyable to read. I was disappointed however, when I saw your new App instruction in the magazine. It’s one thing to have an app or additional online information available as an addendum to a story, but on your “French women” story in the November 2013 issue, the only way to get the author’s can’t live without French products was to install the app. Whatever happened to just reading a magazine? Now to find out the foundation of the article I have to get my iphone and download an app that I don’t want? Why? Just list the products in the article please....very disappointing. More ruined a nice leisurely experience with this app business.
Sincerely,
--Jennifer Swisher

I've subscribed to MORE for years, mostly because it targeted an older demographic -- me -- than the many other mags already out there. Putting 36-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar on your cover shocked 52-year-old me -- and my 29-year-old daughter.

It's a cheap reach for audience and a betrayal to your original supporters. I'm canceling my subscription now.
--JoNel Aleccia

It continues to always surprise me that you never include young, hip, fit, passionate 60 year olds and up in your magazine.  Especially the new cover that only goes up to 50 years old…

Do you think we are too old for you??  We’re not your grandmothers’ 60s, you might remember.

I will be cancelling my subscription, if you don’t start to include us with all the other wonderful women you profile.  We are alert, conscious, very metaphysical and aware, and it might behoove you to think of us once in a while.

Plus, we have money to spend on your advertisers!!

Thank you,
--Bess Scher

Just one question.  Why didn't you use models that actually have bellies to camouflage?

Thanks,
--Jennifer McClellan Sanders

When did More begin covering women in their 30's? 

I thought the whole premise behind More was creating a magazine that celebrated women in the 40's, 50's 60's and so on...30's?? Since when?!

On November's issue, Michelle Gellar is on the cover-a cute, sweet kid-but a kid nonetheless!!  

I have been a subscriber of More magazine for close to ten years, and this year, my subscription WILL NOT be renewed. 

I used to love getting More delivered to my home, and I looked forward to finally reading a magazine that I could relate to with regard to age appropriateness. I didn't necessarily see myself in every article nor featured story, but I still found it interesting, inspirational, educational and entertaining to get a glimpse into the lives of my fellow-aged women!

I can not believe that November's cover also states "How To Age Well At 30, 40, 50".  At last check at my local newsstand, 30's had over 13 magazines/publications to reference. Why couldn't More have kept its original target market and have continued to be a magazine for women 40 and older?  Do women in their 30's have such purchasing power that More felt it had to compromise its original premise?  Or is it the opinion of More that a 30 something women is "more sellable" on the cover than her 10 year older counterpart?  

As a 53 year old woman, mother of 3, second act career, married for 22 years, dealing with a mother with severe Alzheimer's, I enjoy and absorb the wisdom of those who have "been there, done that". I learn from their successes and try not to repeat their mistakes; More previously introduced me to those women. In all honesty, as cute as Michelle Gellar is, she lacks life experiences and along with those experiences, wisdom follows.

So thanks, More.  It's been a great ride.  I truly am so sorry to end this relationship, but I guess all good things must come to an end.

More is the new Less.

Sincerely
--Kim Thoresen

Hi,

I felt compelled to write since each month you give us an opportunity to express our feelings to you. After years of reading "younger" magazines I embraced "More" when it came out. I thought it the perfect magazines for middle age women. (40's,50's and 60's) Women are younger in appearance and style today, than generations before them.

Gradually, I have seen "More" go over to a younger generation of women. What happened to women who are still "young" and in there 60's? I am 61 and I have ordered your magazine since its conception and order one yearly for my sister as well.

Now, I am feeling that it is meant for younger women both with articles and  the large budget for clothes that your models wear. I don't feel the average woman  can afford the clothes you endorse each month in your magazine.  I would never spend $795. on a shirt or a skirt to go to work or hang out in. I live in an affluent area and I can honestly say that women I know are more conservative about cost of their clothes though certainly most don't need to be.

Please go back to a more middle age generation. There are already too many magazines for teens to 30 year old and we just don't need another.
--Nancy Jankovsk

I wanted to speak to someone about WHY you now cater to the 30's !!!!

The sole reason I have subscribed to More ( and love it ) was so I did

not have to skip so much that was way too young for me ! I am almost 58,

and do not want to look at things I cannot wear or do !! They have so

many other mags for that age range, all I can ask is WHY, WHY, WHY ? I

am not sure I will renew this time, because before we all know it More

will be too young for people my age ! What a shame

A loyal ( and disappointed subscriber )
--Chris Martino

After reading the past few issues I started thinking that the magazine is not what it claims to be - for the mature reader.  The clothes are too expensive and the women featured in second acts generally had a successful career (and a nest egg) before choosing to do something else.  Yesterday the November issue arrived with a 36 year old on the cover.  "No more More."
--Marti Sterin

 

I love your magazine and read it regularly.   What disappoints me (and my

co-workers) is that your target audience is "women of style & substance'

presumably over the age of 30 or 40.

Take a look at the Estee Lauder ad - page 2 & 3 of November issue.....give

me a break - those are not real people.  They are airbrushed teenagers!

I realize you need advertisers, but can't you request that they create ads

that real women can relate to? Thank you
--Lynda J. Kemp

 

I am a big fan of MORE. I fully enjoy reading the substantive articles and appreciate seeing images of women who embrace and celebrate the wisdom that comes with experience over time. Healthy, natural aging is inspiring.

I have trouble reconciling the substance of natural, beautiful aging with the advertisements that appear every few pages in which I am being told that aging is so ugly that it must be surgically corrected.

Additionally, broadening your target audience to include women in their 30's seems to dilute the appeal and original purpose of the publication. I am not sure if MORE speaks to me as well as it once did.

Thank you,
--Jody Ritter

I have been reading MORE magazine since I turned 40, 10 years ago. Whereas I embrace every age, if I wanted to read about 30-some year olds (Sarah Michelle Geller on the cover), I would buy any other magazine in the market. I thought the whole point of MORE was focusing on middle age and beyond. I want to read something I can relate to at this time in my life. 

Thank you!
--Anonymous

I discovered "More" when I was in my mid-thirties, and one  of the first things I did when I turned 40 was subscribe to it. In the dozen years since, I have faithfully renewed my subscription each year and purchased gift subscriptions for special women in my life. We all enjoyed "More" because it was geared for women of a "certain age". This is why your recent decision to broaden your magazine's focus by appealing to  30-something women has been a real disappointment; it seems as though at least half the magazines currently available are already geared to that age group. Abandoning your original target audience has taken away what made "More" special and I'm not sure that I will be renewing my subscription, or any of the gift subscriptions I've purchased, when they come due again. Hopefully another publication will step in to fill the void your decision has now left.
--D. Neff

I really enjoy MORE magazine but I had great difficulty reading the November 2013 issue. The perfumed insert had permeated the issue with its aroma.

Is it possible to avoid such inserts? If not for all issues for those people with serious allergy reactions to perfume aromas?

Thank you.

I appreciate your attention.

--Lorraine Gibson

First Published Wed, 2013-10-30 09:33

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