We Hear You! Letters from Our September 2011 Issue

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Now I am settled and still, go through mind battles, whether I should be the woman my family wants me to become, or whether I should rebel, fight and stress my family. I am an individual and want my individuality to shine. I do realize that whatever my family does is out of goodwill, but too much guidance does no good either, rather experiences do. I love my Indian culture, but if I could change one thing it would be to let the girl be different, even if it means her being non-traditional and very bold. This article, brought tears to my eyes, and this is the best magazine I have read so far, since my favorite magazine in India, Femina.

Keep up the good work! I look forward to more issues eagerly!
--Jasmine

Thanks, More, for making up my mind whether to renew or not. Your recommendation to wear fur in your Sept issue made it an easy decision. No thanks.
--Deanna Stimus

A conversation with myself while on a house cleaning mission and on the eve of Hurricane Irene: I have too many magazines. I need to relieve myself of most of them. A lot of them are More. Of course I'm going to keep O magazine to go through, but as much as I like More I'll have to flip through them quickly for collage images and chuck them. Oh, wait. I'll just set aside the ones with stories about older entrepreneurs. Oh, the woman in this article is exactly where I am. And some of these stories are really encouraging and inspirational. Hmmmm. I can't throw these away without really looking at them first. Maybe I'll have to get rid of the House Beautiful, instead.

More More mags on my hands than I planned!
--Tiffane White, DC

Really did not like the cover of More coming to subscribers wrapped in a Vanity Fair ad.
I realize that the content of the magazine is based on advertising support. However, just as Post-It note ads on the cover of our local newspaper irritated me enough to cancel my subscription, I will think twice about renewing my More subscription.
There are enough ads to wade through in the magazine without you compromising the cover.

--Donna Yancey, Nashville, TN

I started to subscribe to More Magazine this past winter. I find it useful because it does focus on 40+ women. I read Glamour as well, but the demographic is definitely a decade younger.

Now, to the purpose of my note: I love the fashions, styling, hints and trends featured however so much of content is out of my price range. I think the mentality is that, if you are older you must have more disposable income. An outfit often costs more than I make in a month i.e: Sept 2011 issue pages 124-125. the dress, bra, shoes, tights and nail polish add up to a startling $2,164 not including the suggested blazer.

That was just a typical ad. I have to laugh (or cry) at the idea of spending over a thousand dollars on a dress. Where are the great clothes at superb prices? I know they are out there and you do give a nod to something like an H&M, but the focus is very upscale.

Is that your intended market? If so, I believe you are limiting your customer base. I am 47, but retired due to Multiple Sclerosis. Physically for me, hand over the high heel wedges; My M.S. took the path of causing cognitive issues and I am simply not even allowed to work anymore. This means a limited income which much of the country is suffering from because of the recession.

If you want to reach out to what is absolutely the majority of women, you may want to consider recruiting writers who like me have the mentality of "The size of your body nor the size of your bank account, does NOT define you". Look around the USA and you will find masses of 45 year olds who are wearing a size 14, and most of us are struggling still to make ends meet. We need your help!

I received an invitation to extend my subscription and get two "free" gifts. I was going to do just that, but when I went to More.com and looked around, one thing I saw was saddening to me. under anti-aging, you looked at Botox, expensive hard to find Galvanic Facial and spoke of all the fillers available. Averaging $550.00 per syringe, I can understand why there was a woman who injected vegetable oil into her face! Talk to us about OTC remedies, homemade and what items are worth the price and which the drugstore is equal.

First Published August 24, 2011

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Comments

10.07.2011

The issue of More that caught my attention was the one with Cybil Shepherd on the cover. At last! A magazine for women 50+! I subscribed. Sad to say, I won't renew my subscription. Seems More is getting younger as time goes on. And the cover with Julie Bowen which looks retouched to make her a teenager was the last straw. Also, reality is that in this economy, fashion, vacations and beauty products need to be affordable for the average woman. What about the woman without a college education who has been laid off for a long time? There's lots of them in my area. I am back to searching for the magazine for real women 50+. Thank you for letting me express my views. Sandy

Anne Newdall10.04.2011

Dear Lesley Jane Seymour,
You said that you welcome all comments and I have to agree with another of MORE's subscribers in saying how disappointed they are with the political bent to the right that MORE is advocating. One of the greatest problems we face as a nation is the intolerance, hatred and lack of respect that we are showing to our elected President. If your magazine is going to continue with this attitude I will NOT renew my subscription. Try to be a little less biased against free thinkers and continue presenting articles about women that are positive and motivational.
Sincerely,
Anne

09.23.2011

Hi.....just recieved the OCTOBER issue....and I see there are LOTS of ads and info in PINK, reminding us all that this is BREAST CANCER awareness month............PLEEEEAAASE..this is a magazine for women, WHY are you not giving OVARIAN CANCER as big a voice???? Really, women need the same (if not more) education about this horrific disease...ovaries may be hidden and not considered 'sexy' for the media but if you truly want to reach women then help get the word out there....Breast Cancer and Ovarian cancer can go hand in hand....especially if you have the Bracca Gene(s)....How many women actually know the signs and symptoms and what to ask their dr about???? LETS START DEDICATING SOME ATTENTION TO THIS OFTEN FATAL DISEASE FOR SEPTEMBER ISSUES IN THE FUTURE!!1 :-)♥

Susan Avery09.22.2011

Response to Julie Allen: Thank you for writing, giving all of us an insight into what you live with every day. We thought of the googleheimer's joke as a bit of humor, referencing the everyday memory lapses most people experience at a certain point. You are right to point out that Alzheimer's is the furthest thing from a joke; rather, it's a disease that devastates both individuals and their families, and we apologize for offending you. For more information about Alzheimer's, and excellent advice on dealing with it, More readers can visit alz.org, the Alzheimer's Association website. Most sincerely, Susan Avery, Digital Director, More magazine and More.com

09.19.2011

I look forward to my More magazine each month. Also, bought subscription for my mom. But would like to see more articles on beauty, health and fashion for women on a budget.


Hi, Susan. Thanks for reaching out! Here's a link to the Nautica wool blazer you requested. http://www.nautica.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11745750&cp=3619394.3...

09.15.2011

Though I've seen it on store shelves, I didn't pick up a copy of More until I found one in the pocket of a plane seat on a recent flight. It was a lovely surprise! I read every page, but some of my favorites included: Black & White You'll Crow About, Do You Have What it Take to Work for a Nonprofit?, The Runaway, and The Daddy Chronicles. What a refreshing change to read a woman's magazine with substance that is so well paced and formatted. Thanks to a generous traveler, you have a subscriber.

Julie Allen09.15.2011

I am deeply disappointed that "More" magazine considers "Googleheimers to be a "brave new word." It is not brave to make light of the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. It is not brave to further the stigma of the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progressions. I love a good joke,but "Googleheimers" only furthers the stigma this disease. I should know.
I have Alzheimer's disease. I was diagnosed at the age of 57. With good care and medication to help ease the symptoms, I am able to live my life almost the same - except for all the changes. I had to close my business of 15 years. My husband and I moved three times to accommodate my capabilities, downsizing from a lovely home to a town-home and then to a two-bedroom apartment.
I can only drive to nearby places that I go to regularly, like the grocery store. On some outings, I end up with none of the things on the list and lots of stuff that I don't need, because I have lost the list. I am known in the grocery store. If I look confused, someone will kindly ask if they can help me and steer me to the aisles that I have walked 100 times. If I am having a bad day, one of the staff will walk with me to get what is on my list. While it is an amazing gift, it is also a very difficult blow to my ego. For a strong woman, it takes stamina and conviction to move forward everyday with Alzheimer's.
My reality has been changed forever. I will not be better. Each morning I wake and check to see if I have changed in some way over night.
September is World Alzheimer's Month. A time to support the men and women bravely living with this devastating disease and the people who care for and love them. Visit www.alz.org/wam to learn more about Alzheimer's and how you can join the cause by going purple on the 21'st - Alzheimer's Action Day.

Ashleigh McVey09.14.2011

I started my search for a magazine with a little spice in Wal-Mart; wandering around the small sections where they carry magazines for various types of tastes, “How To Spice Up Your Relationship”, “Turn Your Photos Into Art”, “Add Some Layers To That Fried-Up Hairdo”. My eyes were scattering around in circles trying to find any type of magazine that wasn’t telling me what to do, but rather allowed me to skim through the pages without feeling guilty about how I look or what I can’t buy! Finally, I settled on your magazine, “More”. “More” carried various stories about powerful women, which was definitely a different curve to most magazines out on the market. Almost every magazine I picked up had to do with sex, trends, and what to do with the daily life of a woman, or what they portray to be a woman. The interesting, little snippets of articles about movies that seem worth watching invited excitement to my eyes as I read about how the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt was starring in yet another classic. Though I adored seeing a line in the September issue about how women should be looked up upon by their classiness and power rather than what most young women look up to today, my absolute favorite part of the magazine was the full-page contributed to up-coming books that aren’t just about the newest craze (vampires and werewolves). These novels looked enticing, something that was worth taking a week out of my life to read! I love that this magazine invited me to criticize them; you didn’t ask for just compliments to be sent in through your survey, but complaints about what was boring and what would spice up the issues to come!
This was an assignment given to me by my Journalism teacher to find a magazine that caught my eye and allowed me to send in a letter about your staff's work. Great job, you have a returning customer!


Hi, Cherie. We're so glad to hear you'd like to complete the survey! Thanks so much! Here's the link: http://www.more.com/september-2011-survey

cherie cox09.13.2011

Your September issue engages me.
Where is the survey to which you refer on page 20?
I am interested in completing it.
Thank You.

Jacklynn 09.10.2011

I was an early fan of your magazine and happily renewed my subscription for years. I loved the fact that a diverse variety of women of all ages were both models and subjects of stories. However, since Seymour took over as editor I've watched this magazine become whiter, younger and more right-wing. I have felt increasing distaste with each issue this year. The topper was your Sept 2011 issue featuring a woman who is NURSING babies (at 56 I really can't relate) Liz Cheney defending her war criminal father and support of women like Meg Whitman, a disgusting paeon to the wealthy conservatives who has physically abused members of her staff!! Eric Estrada--a wife beater???I will not be renewing my subscription. VERY DISAPPOINTED in what this rag has become.

Susan 09.05.2011

Can you please tell me where to find the blazer shown on page 46 of September issue? Went to Nautica.com and could not locate.
Thanks.

Joanne 09.02.2011

I think September may be the best issue of More yet. Nearly every article a winner! Thank you for revisiting with Ann Hood. Her story on the loss of her young daughter was so touching, it's good to know how she and her family are coping at this point. I love the new Hire Calling feature. Julie Castro Abrams is just amazing. I can't wait to see who is profiled in future issues.

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