The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Ghostess – Season 1, Episode 7

Bong-Sun reclaimed her body on Oh My Ghostess, episode 7, and she grew closer to Sun-Woo through their cooking lessons and she struck up a deal with Soon-Ae and agreed to allow her to possess her body.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

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

Sun-Woo plays the guitar and Bong-Sun overhears him.

Named women talked to each other on a couple of occasions in episode 7 and there were three instances where named women not only talked to each other but they also didn’t mention men in their conversation (e.g., the shaman and Soon-Ae talked to each other on two separate occasions about how Soon-Ae had run away from the shaman and about how Soon-Ae was becoming an evil spirit and the shaman told Professor Lee that she [the shaman] was coming down with a cold) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 7 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters (which means that every conversation that occurred in the episode passed the race test).

As to the Russo test, not so surprisingly, episode 7 did not pass this 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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