The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 8

Joo-Eun discovered that Young-Ho is the heir of a conglomerate on Oh My Venus, episode 8, and she, of course, felt that she had been lied to and betrayed and when she returned to her hometown after her discovery, Young-Ho chased after her hoping  that they could reconcile.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 8 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

snuggles
On good terms again, Joo-Eun and Young-Ho have some cuddle time.

Episode 8 did not pass the Russo test, and it did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. Episode 8 did, however, pass the Bechdel test.

Named women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 8, and while men were almost always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other, there were two occasions where men weren’t mentioned (e.g., Joo-Eun told her mom that she was on the way to the chicken restaurant and Joo-Eun gave her sister-in-law a food order) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 8 also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and White people were only mentioned once or twice so there were several instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people.

*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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