The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 12

On Oh My Venus, episode 12, Young-Ho started his new job at Gahong, Joo-Eun tried to convince Joon-Sung’s mother to meet with him and Young-Ho, Joo-Eun, Joon-Sung, Ji-Woong, Min-Joon and Hyun-Woo celebrated a joyous Christmas Eve together.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 12 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Joo-Eun and the gang take a commemorative Christmas photo.

Episode 12 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 12. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Named women talked to each other on several occasions in episode 12, and while men were almost always mentioned, there were a couple of instances where men weren’t mentioned when named women talked to each other so the episode passed the Bechdel test. As to the race test, episode 12 easily passed this test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people (which means that every conversation passed the race test).

*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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