The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: She Was Pretty – Season 1, Episode 13

On She Was Pretty, episode 13, The Most staff learned that if their new issue didn’t reach number one in sales then The Most would be discontinued. Pissed that they hadn’t been informed of this sooner, The Most staff rebelled against Sung-Joon and left the magazine.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.

Sung-Joon tells Hye-Jin that he’s going to propose to her.

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel test, and the episode passed this test because there was a single instance where named women talked to each other without mentioning men – e.g., some of Hye-Jin’s named female co-worker’s asked her if she was dating anyone. The episode also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while there were two White people in the episode and there were a couple of occasions where non-White individuals talked about White people, almost the entire cast was Asian so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people.

As to the Russo test, episode 13 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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