Whether it was the editor’s or Mark Tappan’s decision to accompany his “A call to resist ‘toxic masculinity’ “ (Maine Voices, Oct. 23) with the photo of a father teaching his young son how to plow a field, it was a horribly erroneous decision.

Animal husbandry, which is what the photo handsomely portrays, is the responsible cultivation of plants and animals and the judicious use and conservation of these natural resources. Anyone who attends an agricultural fair in Maine and visits the cow barns knows how gentle and caring both the male, as well as female, farmers are when tending their animals.

If “toxic masculinity” is a father teaching his son the rudiments of farming, I’m living on the wrong planet. I choose to live in a real world, not one of politically correct editorial polemics.

Albert H. Black

Kennebunkport