I'm with Jonathan Yardley {"One White Male, Seeing Red," Style, Dec. 4}. It's Catherine Schuler, not Yardley, who didn't do her homework {"Seeing Red About One White Male," Free for All, Dec. 22}.

Yardley and his lawyer friend, as members of the experienced and victimized gender, are better qualified than Schuler, a professor of theater history, to assert: "If you're a white male, forget it. That's one group that no longer has any legal rights at all."

Who can better testify to this fact? The battered victim? Or the self-serving one doing the battering?

As one who has worked in government and in industry, I know the Yardley statement is easily supportable. It's unpopular to say so, but if economists were ingrained with Yardley grit and looking for a cause of the country's lagging productivity they may well study the ramifications of his treatise.

Cries of sexism and racism are the ruination of constructive criticism. The only person a supervisor can constructively criticize today in the workplace is the white male. To justifiably do otherwise brings castigation and the threats and actuality of litigation.

If Schuler's letter is an example of the "feminine scholarship" she extols, she makes a clear case for the opposite. Makes you wish that Adam died with all his ribs.

-- John Murray