The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 12

On She Was Pretty, episode 12, Shin-Hyuk returned to The Most and Hye-Jin wanted to tell Sung-Joon her feelings, but every time she tried to confront him, she couldn’t find him.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Hye-Jin discovers that Ha-Ri didn’t leave the country.

​There were several named women in episode 12 and a few instances where some of these named women talked to each other. Of the couple of times that named women talked to each other, there were a few instances where men weren’t mentioned so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 12 also passed the race test, and the episode easily passed this test because only non-White people ever talked to each other (the entire cast was Asian) and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters.

As to the Russo test, episode 12 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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