The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: A Witch’s Romance – Season 1, Episode 7

On A Witch’s Romance, episode 7, Shi-Hoon showed up at Ji-Yeon’s college reunion and invited her to his photography show; Dong-Ha confessed his feelings to Ji-Yeon; and Ji-Yeon was just in a generally frazzled state after she kept running into Shi-Hoon time and time again.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Episode 7 passed the Bechdel test because there was a single instance where named women talked to each other without mentioning men – when Ji-Yeon sent her mom off to a taxi. Episode 7 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because all of the episode’s characters were Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters (i.e., every conversation that occurred in episode 8 was a conversation between non-White characters where White people were never mentioned).

As to the Russo test, episode 7 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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