I'm not quite sure how to say well and quickly what I want to say... I live in three different countries each year with my family of husband and three boys (whom I home school). When we return to the states for a few months, all I want to do is kiss the ground, speak English and read fluff magazines (in English). Normally, I spend all my leisurely hours with cooking mags or light stuff - my brain is already so taxed with trying to keep up with my life that there's no hope of getting through anything heavier. But this summer I found your magazine and I LOVE IT. It’s really been a great time reading thru all the back issues at the library and I feel like I’ve satisfied my soul a little bit 'More' than I might have had I not found you. Your mag is a wonderful mixture of 'fluff' and really satisfying stories about interesting women - some not so different from myself. Though I don't necessarily see myself reflected in the pages (I’m a lot More 'earthy', alternative eater and medicine, would never spend $100 on any piece of clothing :), I have loved, loved, loved reading each and every page.
Many thanks for filling my hours here so enjoyably!
I waited until this issue to address the last issue; perhaps I was curious to see if you would speak to it before I did. Clearly you have heard from your readership that featuring Ms. Kardashian in your last issue as a woman who has successfully reinvented herself was a very poor, insulting choice. Those who have written before me have surely covered the topic quite well.
So, I was surprised that you chose not to address this in your September issue.
And, I was further surprised by the irony, perhaps even the hypocrisy, in your statement: "Real women - and I don't mean reality show freaks - are once again being recognized as inspirational."
If Kardashian is not a reality show freak I can't imagine what you must mean. By profiling her you offer an endorsement of her lifestyle, her choices and all the unhealthy, non-contributing behaviors she and her entire family demonstrate. Do you seriously believe our lives and our society would be better if we were so inspired?
Your magazine has been quite inspiring and I am eager to get into each issue.
I hope you will not stoop to such profiles in the future.
--Beth Mehlberth Whelley
I just tried to do the September survey - to my surprise, I got a message that it was now closed.
There is so much I love about this magazine. My only criticism would be that I don't think good writers should use or spell out expletives. Especially the F-bomb, so to say, it always makes me kind of cringe when I see your use of it. It seems to be in vogue these days to use it in magazines; I think it is promoting the dumbing down of America. Most people don't use that word in a professional, social setting. I'd like you to be above it quite frankly.
I appreciate the opportunity to share my opinions.
--Janice Humphrey, More reader since inception