The Bechdel, Russo,and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 13

In episode 13 of Oh My Venus, it was revealed that Young-Ho, Nam-Chul, Hye-Ran and Joon-Sung had all survived the car crash that had occurred in episode 12, but that Young-Ho had been fatally wounded.

It was unknown whether Young-Ho would ever be able to walk again, and feeling sorry for himself and not wanting Joo-Eun to see him so badly injured, Yong-Ho refused to face Joo-Eun. Joo-Eun told Young-Ho (through his barred hospital room) that she would wait for however long it would take till he was ready to face her, but as month after month passed, it looked like that day would never come.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Joo-Eun begs Young-Ho to keep fighting and to come back to her.

Episode 13 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode failed to pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 13. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 13 passed the Bechdel test because of the handful of times that named women talked to each other in episode 13, there was one instance where a man wasn’t mentioned (e.g., Joo-Eun checked on Soon-Jin’s health and Soo-Jin told her to go away). The episode passed the race test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned a White person (which means that every conversation that occurred in the episode 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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