The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Thirty” – Season 2, Episode 8

All kinds of things went down on Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Thirty.” Jane was furious at Rafael and she had to find a way to fund her next semester of grad school; Alba waited for news on her green card; Rogelio searched for his next passion project (all whilst putting his intern through the ringer); Petra broke down and confessed all of her crimes to Rafael; Rafael went to couples therapy with Jane; and Michael and Barnett questioned Luisa about her mother.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Chapter Thirty” passed the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

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Alba receives her green card.

“Chapter Thirty” passed the Bechdel and race test, and it passed these diversity tests because named women talked to each other several times without mentioning men and because non-White individuals talked to each other on multiple occasions without mentioning White people. “Chapter Thirty” also passed the Russo test, and the episode passed this test because the one LGBTI character that was in the episode, Luisa, was not solely defined as being LGBTI (e.g., she was also defined as being the daughter of a possible drug lord) and her removal from the episode would have significantly affected the plot as she provided the police new info on Rose and on her mother.

*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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