Although male and of European descent, I am not with the irate Jonathan Yardley {Style, Dec. 4} and John Murray {Free for All, Jan. 5} when it comes to denigrating the idea of diversifying school curricula to include the accomplishments of women and people of other cultural origins. I am stimulated, not threatened, by the recognition of the diversity in our culture.

To suggest, as Yardley did, that white men are victims in our society was absurd. I recognize the edge my skin color, heritage, economic position and gender afford me. Never having to feel the pain of victimization and coercion because of the physical traits I was born with has allowed me the freedom to develop my talents to their potential.

As a doctoral candidate in performance studies at New York University, I examine the ways in which television, film and theater structure the way we see our world. Unfortunately, power still almost exclusively is represented as the domain of white men, and we accept these images without questioning the biases of their creators -- by and large, white men. I am especially concerned with the insidious strategies that make this representation of power seem natural.

Yardley defended the traditional canon of Western culture as though the standards of beauty and truth dropped from the sky. He would do well to allow Catherine Schuler, a fine scholar, to be his teacher.

Schuler advocated the use of feminist scholarship in creating new curricula. Feminist scholarship is the rigorous process by which history is examined to understand the way gender differences affected and continue to affect political, social and economic circumstances of individuals. As art, television, film, theater and even newspapers contribute to the construction and understanding of gender differences, feminist scholarship has a lot to offer us all. -- Anthony T. Speranza