NEIL Mackay ("Let us stand together against scourge of toxic masculinity", The Herald, October 9) believes that there is something very sick with his sex – “something very wrong with men”.

The response might be that "not all men" are abusive or predatory. Mr Mackay detests “those three malignant words”.

This is identity politics and so-called social justice in action, dealing with groups rather than individuals.

The suggestion that “men” can be judged as a group, sharing collective guilt or credit, is ridiculous. Should I be proud to be a man because Churchill was, and also ashamed to be a man because Hitler was? This is just nonsense.

Bringing up a generation of boys convinced that they are a specimen of an inferior and sinister sex might provide temporary gratification for feminist campaigners, but in the long term it will just start a battle of the sexes. And not the tame sort of skirmishes that now abound, with feminists attacking and men meekly submitting, but with resurgent male supremacists aggressively asserting themselves.

Being a man does not make me part of the problem of sexual aggression towards women. I’m part of the solution because I commend values that engender positive relationships between the sexes.

I suspect that Mr Mackay actually thinks the same, but attacking one’s own sex is a way of emphasising one’s own superiority to most of them.

Richard Lucas,

Leader of the Scottish Family Party, 272 Bath Street, Glasgow.

I REFER to Neil Mackay's article regarding the sexual attack on his daughter, Caitie.

There is an organisation called White Ribbon, whose aim is to challenge those male cultures that lead to harassment, abuse and violence. Their volunteer ambassadors engage with other men and boys to call out such behaviour among their peers and promote a culture of equality and respect. They call on all men to take a stand against sexism and gender-based violence in all forms.

Unfortunately, it is too late to help Caitie.

Margaret Forbes,

Corlic Way, Kilmacolm.