Women lack the "ferocity" to succeed at all-male Virginia Military Institute, and their presence would cause its program to "collapse," a Harvard sociologist testified.
David Riesman, testifying by videotape on behalf of VMI in its effort to fend off Justice Department efforts to force it to admit women, said Wednesday the Corps of Cadets would lose its distinctiveness, and the vaunted equality on campus would vanish under the pressures of sexual jealousy and resentment."I don't see how they (women) could succeed because they're not capable of the ferocity to make the program work," Riesman said. "I think if women were admitted to VMI, the whole program would collapse."
The Justice Department contends VMI's argument it could not carry on under coeducation is a smoke screen, and department attorneys say the school has no choice anyway because women have the right to attend a college supported by their taxes.