The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: A Witch’s Romance – Season 1, Episode 14

Ji-Yeon and Dong-Ha grew closer to each other in A Witch’s Romance, episode 14, and Dong-Ha rescued Ji-Yeon from a potentially disastrous surprise party; the two wore matching couple shirts; and Ji-Yeon helped repair Dong-Ha’s broken relationship with his father.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 14 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Episode 14 passed the Bechdel test because there was one occasion where named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Ji-Yeon told Eun-Chae what to do for an assignment). The episode also passed the race test, and episode 14 passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters. The episode did not, however, pass the Russo test, and episode 14 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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