The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Venus – Season 1, Episode 15

Young-Ho and Joo-Eun spent some well-deserved one-on-on time with one another on the fifteenth episode of Oh My Venus, and Soo-Jin discovered that there’s a very good chance that she will be unable to conceive.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 15 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Soo-Jin learns that she may never be able to conceive.

Episode 15 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 15. In regards to the Bechdel and race test, episode 15 did pass these tests.

There were a couple of named women in episode 15 who occasionally spoke to each other and because there was one instance in episode 15 where some of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men, the episode passed the Bechdel test (e.g., Joo-Eun and Soo-Jin talked to each other about a female client). Episode 15 passed the race test because the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned 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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