The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 6

Joo-Eun lost a bunch of weight in the sixth episode of Oh My Venus, and in celebration of her achievement, Young-Ho, Joon-Sung and Ji-Woong agreed to do whatever Joo-Eun wanted for a single day. So what did Joo-Eun want the boys to do? She wanted them to live a little so she told them that they weren’t allowed to work out and that they had to laze around for the day and eat junk food.

 The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

 Episode 6 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo  test.

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Young-Ho imagines another man massaging Joo-Eun.

There were a couple of female characters in episode 6 who had names and a few instances where some of these named women talked to each other. Because there was a single occasion men weren’t mentioned when some of the named women talked to each other (e.g., Hyun-Jung asked Joo-Eun work and about her weight), the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 6 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because while White people were mentioned a couple of times, the entire cast was Asian so there were several instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people.

In regards to the Russo test, episode 6 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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