LETTER: Real men, not caricatures

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We were deeply disheartened to read Monique Roffey write "I hate men" ("Confessions of a feminist freak", Real Life, 17 December) and Decca Aitkenhead's description of men as "shoddier, more outdated and less useful than a puffball" ("Sex and lager..."). Both are merely indulging in a form of prejudice which would incur their righteous indignation if practised by others. Perhaps they wished to be wry or ironic: if so, it was lost on us.

Intolerance and injustice in our society take many forms and both men and women may be practitioner or victim. Ms Roffey and Ms Aitkenhead do nothing to inform debate by drawing simplistic caricatures.

Sonja and Kim Millett

Edinburgh

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