The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Hope for Dating – Season 1, Episode 2

On Hope for Dating, episode 2, Yeon-Ae was finally in a successful relationship, and Gi-Dae proposed to his girlfriend. However, as time went on, it became quite clear (to the audience) that Yeon-Ae’s boyfriend wasn’t right for her nor was Gi-Dae’s fiancée right for him and that Yeon-Ae and Gi-Dae were actually in love with each other. So the question thus was, would Yeon-Ae and Gi-Dae recognize that they loved each other and would they actually leave their significant others for each other?

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 2 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

All of the characters in episode 2 were Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters so the episode passed the race test. Episode 2 did not, however, pass the Bechdel test because even though there were a couple of occasions where named women talked to each other, they always mentioned men. Episode 2 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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