We Hear You! Letters from Our May 2012 Issue

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I expected a response to my concern that I mailed in on my renewal form. I repeat: I, amongst many others my age and over 70, have loved MORE until all we saw when articles recommended and suggested aid in different areas of our lives were age ranges that NEVER included 70 and over. Does that mean NO HELP FOR YOU ALL--YOU ARE TOO OLD??? Thus, choose not to renew unless we are guaranteed inclusion in articles for our age--70 and over.
--Sandy Crowe

Thank you for this well-written, comprehensive article that addresses so many of the emotional aspects that siblings face in caring for our aging parents (“Quibbling Siblings”). I am responsible for my parents and my mother-in-law--they all live on our property and their health conditions vary. I have three siblings, all male living 1,000 miles away. The challenges are great. Your article validated as well as helped me understand why I have the feelings I do and what I can do to face them in a healthy manner.
--AnnMarie Mecera, A. Mecera Communications

How is Chelsea Handler empowering to women? The only reason she is famous is that she slept with a powerful man she used to become famous. What kind of message does that send to women?
She wrote a book about casual sex and one-night stands. She encourages casual sex, drinking alcohol in excess and makes jokes about drug use and sexually transmitted infections. She has the audacity to put down another woman—a mother no less—when she herself is a prostitute screwing her way to the top for money. I am beyond disappointed that you would feature this disgusting and classless person in More magazine.
--Anonymous

I am very disappointed that you would choose a 37-year-old cover subject for this month's magazine. The reason I subscribe to your magazine is to read about women who are actually over 40 and full of "style and substance." There have been months when I felt the ad models have been too young, but the cover—seriously? Are we out of mature women of style and substance to feature on the cover? I have liked every issue until this one. Let people like Chelsea be on Cosmo or the Sports Illustrated bikini issues, but please, not here. We need pioneering women over 40 (preferably over 45) to lead the way for the rest of your readership. Don't flaunt a young thing playing on a child's rocking horse as someone we're supposed to look up to or emulate. I think of her more as someone I used to babysit, not look up to! Thanks.
--Susanne Mathis

I like the ads for different means of disguising wrinkles. I am 56 and have a few wrinkles around my mouth and chin. (I do not smoke.) When I was younger, everyone said I looked young for my age, then all of a sudden I wake up and look old. Wrinkles everywhere! I hated to look at myself in the mirror, let alone have anyone else see me. It took me a couple of years to accept (not totally) the wrinkles. In the last few years, we have been through several deaths in our family, lost half of our crop two years in a row (we farm) and had my mother living with us for a year. (Bless my husband!) So now I figure I have earned those wrinkles and have better accepted them. Don’t get me wrong; I still look for better ways of looking younger (no Botox or surgery for me), but now I go on with a better understanding of growing older. I hope you have a wonderful day!
--Deb Lanter

I recently canceled my subscription to More magazine because I was tired of the airbrushing, Botox ads, spreads of clothes that I couldn’t afford worn by models who looked anorexic (and much younger than 40) and constant tips on how to look younger. Then you zapped me with the May 2012 edition! It is the best edition in a long, long time. I loved the feature on one of my all-time favorite singers (and hero), Bonnie Raitt. Also, the Fierce List was terrific: I was born in the U.K., and Queen Elizabeth II is always in my heart. The other women featured in that article are all amazing and wonderful.

Thank you for an outstanding issue. I will now renew my subscription.
--Edna Cox

First Published April 25, 2012

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Comments

Jess0625 07.07.2012

I wanted to respond to Lesley Jane Seymour's letter from the Editor about The contradictions of aging. I think that since there is a huge number of women aging that the Make up Community needs to stand and take notice. There are a number of Companies making exceptional aging products for our beautiful over 50 faces and my main gripe is that they only use 20 year olds in all of the on air and print adds. I know that "youth sells". But in this case I believe that the large population of women would appreciate seeing someone like us, the over 50 wonders, on TV and in adds. Proper skin care and makeup make such a wonderful difference in looking our best in our over 50 faces, I get frustrated that no believes that someone my age (51) can sell their products, I mean seriously it takes nothing to make a 20 something look beautiful, so imagine if women saw me in a before and after photo, trust me they work and I do look 10 times better with them on than I do without them, so those products would fly off the shelf and isn't what they want after all? Does anyone know anyone at these companies that I could pitch this idea too?

Sally 06.09.2012

Loved the memoir by Anna Quindlen, "Aging Gratefully". This will be one for the "pro" section of my More list of favorites. Must buy the book and share with all my "young" friends. Sally Jayes


I AM VERY UPSET ABOUT THE CHOICES OF PRIDE OF LIONESS. WHAT HAS ANN ROMNEY DONE TO DESERVE A PLACE ON THIS LIST AND MICHELLE OBAMA BE OMITTED. I FEEL I CAN NOT LONGER SUPPORT THIS MAGAZINE IF BLATANT POLITICS ARE PART OF SELECTION,LIKE THIS. PLEASE REFUND WHAT MONEY I HAVE LEFT ON MY SUBSCRIPTION AND CLOSE MY ACCOUNT.

04.25.2012

Thank you for Anna Quindlen's article "Aging Gratefully" Wonderful!
How can I get a digital copy of this article?
MORE is my favorite magazine. You always seem to have at least one article with substance. Thanks!

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