The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 10

In episode 10 of She Was Pretty, Sung-Joon not only realized that he was falling in love with Hye-Jin but that Ha-Ri wasn’t his childhood love as well.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 passed the Bechdel and race test, but it did not pass the Russo test.

In zero surprises land, episode 10 of She Was Pretty did not pass the Russo test. The episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode (nor has a LGBTI character have yet to appear in this series). The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 10 passed the Bechdel test because of the several instances that named women talked to each other, there were a couple of occasions where men were not mentioned. As to how the episode passed the race test, well, while there were a few White people in the episode and there were some instances where White people were mentioned by non-White people, the majority of the episode’s cast was Asian so there were plenty of instances where non-White people talked to each other without mentioning White people.

*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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