The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 9

On She Was Pretty, episode 9, The Most hosted a celebration party for the release of their 20th anniversary issue, and Hye-Jin was given the opportunity to write an article for The Most.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 9 passed the Bechdel and race test but it did not pass the Russo test.

The Most staff are shocked by Hye-Jin’s transformation.

There were many named women in episode 9 and there were many instances where some of these named women talked to each other. Of the times that named women talked to each other, there were several occasions where men were not mentioned so the episode easily passed the Bechdel test. Episode 9 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while a White person was mentioned once or twice, the entire speaking cast of episode 9 was Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Russo test, episode 9 did not pass this test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in this 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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