The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 11

With his secret identity as John Kim exposed, Young-Ho’s position at Gahong and his health (due to the resulting stress of his secret identity being exposed) were placed in jeopardy in Oh My Venus, episode 11. Joo-Eun did her best to help Young-Ho, but she felt at a bit of a loss as what to do, so in the end, she planned a fun activity for Young-Ho, Joon-Sung and Ji-Woong in attempt to bring normalcy back into their lives.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Joo-Eun entertains some erotic thoughts.

Most of the cast of episode 11 were non-White, and while White people were mentioned a couple of times by the characters, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people so the episode passed the race test. As to the Bechdel and Russo test, episode 11 did not pass either of these tests.

Episode 11 did not pass the Bechdel test because while there were a couple of instances where named women talked to each other, men were always mentioned. The episode did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11.

*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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