The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 4

Joo-Eun and Young-Ho learned that Joo-Eun has a thyroid problem on Oh My Venus, episode 4 and that this was part of the reason why Joo-Eun kept fainting and why she was having difficulty losing weight. Young-Ho consequently redesigned Joo-Eun’s diet and exercise plan and the two started from scratch.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

 Episode 4 passed the race test but did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Young-Ho reflects on the lies that he has told.

Episode 4 easily passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters. The episode did not, however, pass either the Bechdel or Russo test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 4, but the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. The episode did not pass the Russo 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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