A New Film Explores the Ritual of College Hazing

Hell week quickly takes a violent and humiliating turn – brutally testing the boys both physically and mentally.

By Nadia HamdanSeptember 23, 2016 12:25 pm|

The new film “Goat” takes a look at the dark side of the American college tradition of hazing.

The film – which premieres Friday, Sept. 23 in select theaters – follows 19-year-old Brad as he goes through a pledging ritual known as “hell week.” Hell week quickly takes a violent and humiliating turn – brutally testing the boys both physically and mentally. The severity of the ritual critiques the perpetuation of the hazing tradition.

Hank Nuwer, author of six books on hazing, says the ritual is much more than just wanting to be a part of a fraternity.

“If you’re going to watch the movie, you’re going to see that it wasn’t that this young man who falls apart wanted to be in the organization so much – he just didn’t want to quit,” Nuwer says. “That really ties into the American psyche … and it’s a big reason why people will continue pledging even if it’s silly, dangerous or demeaning.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– What to say in response to those who defend the hazing ritual

– How Texas anti-hazing laws have made a significant impact on reforming hazing

– Why not eliminate hazing completely from the Greek system

Post by Nadia Hamdan.