Letter Writing

I like to write letters to publications when something bothers me. Vogue published an article about female circumcision. I wrote them a strongly worded letter how I didn’t feel that what was happening to these women in Africa could be named such a thing, unless of course circumcision entails cutting off a man’s entire penis. My letter was succinct, and downright disgusting in the way I described what was actually happening. I did get a response that they’d be printing my letter, but it didn’t make the cut (no pun intended).
One of my favorites was a letter to CNN about this . Since I worked there at the time, I knew of the man “creating” the calendar, and also knew he just simply made up this idea of what he wanted to do. I asked CNN in my letter, every time some possibly unstable man comes up with an idea (with no execution or support in place whatsoever) is this news?
My latest letter I just wrote to the New York Times is a bit trickier for me, as it’s about vernacular. Merill Perlman is a copy editor, and occasionally takes questions from readers.
I wrote to her and asked her her thoughts on an article in my local paper, the L.A. Times. In brief, here is the paragraph that bothered me:

Giving away products can backfire when people have a bad experience with them. Brooke Morgan, 13, said she received a sample of Suave deodorant but wasn’t happy with it. And bad word gets out: Keller Fay found that teens are slightly more likely than the general public to dis a product if they don’t like it.


I wonder what Merill will think. I also asked about ‘bling”– which graces the pages of both these newspapers. I hope she answers my question in her column.

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