The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 11

On the eleventh episode of She Was Pretty, Sung-Joon discovered that Hye-Jin was his first love and while he wanted to move forward and have a relationship with her, Hye-Jin was hesitant as she knew that Ha-Ri cared deeply for Sung-Joon.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the Bechdel and race test but it did not pass the Russo test.

​Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 11 and there were a few instances where men weren’t mentioned when some of the named women in the episode talked to each other (e.g., on separate occasions, both Hye-Rin and Jung-Hye asked Hye-Jin about Ha-Ri) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 11 also passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test as the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters.

As to the Russo test, episode 11 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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