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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
It is unfortunate but true: there are today powerful and insidious forces within and without the College seeking to destroy her and rob her of many of those things which make her Harvard. Their moves are well camouflaged, these "liberalizers" of our educational policies. These threats to Harvard come concealed in many apparently not-too-vicious guises. One example is the movement underway to promote joint Harvard-Radcliffe membership in Harvard undergraduate organizations. Another case, much more vicious and dangerous, is the constantly increasing number of actually co-educational courses. Next year only five courses will remain all-male. This step presents Harvard with her greatest peril in her' 314 years of existence.
Harvard, Yale, and Princeton, all officially all-male institutions, have produced many more leaders in all fields than their respective sizes could merit. I say this is due largely to the atmosphere prevailing at these institutions. And a major part of this atmosphere has been the absence of the distracting influences of the co-ed in all phases of the academic life of these institutions. The co-ed, by the very attraction she as a woman holds for the male, cannot help but become an added source of distraction for males students, especially in the Spring when it's hard enough to concentrate on studies anyhow.
In an all-male school, a man strives for the respect of the men he works with. Here at Harvard, a man's worth is supposedly judged by his ability and training, not by the show he can put on as a BMOC. Nor should a man's worth be judged by the standard of co-ed admiration for, or sexual attraction to, him. Harvard has always been a man's college and Radcliffe a woman's college; let's keep it that way. Thomas J. Wilson, '51
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