The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: A Witch’s Romance – Season 1, Episode 3

On A Witch’s Romance, episode 3, through a weird twist of events (like all K-dramas), Dong-Ha became Ji-Yeon’s assistant and Ji-Yeon used Dong-Ha as a fake boyfriend so that her mom would get off of her back about getting married.

Also in episode 3, Ji-Yeon was stalked by a man and was attacked in her own home. This resulted in Ji-Yeon going to the hospital.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 3 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

All of the cast in episode 3 were Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the cast member so the episode passed the race test. Episode 3 did not, however, pass the Bechdel test (even though there were multiple occasions where named women talked to each other) because whenever named women talked to each other, they mentioned men. Episode 3 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The show contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a show passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in television. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the show.

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