The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Moorim School – Season 1, Episode 5

Shi-Woo and Chi-Ang were officially initiated into Moorim on the fifth episode of Moorim School, and the two were finally accepted by their fellow classmates. However, it wouldn’t be Moorim School if there wasn’t at least a dose of drama, so while everything was good between Shi-Woo, Chi-Ang and their classmates in episode 5, Shi-Woo and Chi-Ang’s relationship grew tense due to a new budding bond that was developed between Shi-Wo and Soon-Duk.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Shi-Woo comforts Soon-Duk after he catches her crying. 

Episode 5 did not pass the Russo test, and it did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 5. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Women talked to each other a couple of times in episode 5, and of those few instances, there was a time or two where the women who talked to each other had names and they did not mention men while talking to each other (e.g., Shannon and Jenny had a conversation or two that did not involve men) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 5 passed the race test because there were many non-White individuals in the episode (in fact, the cast was primarily non-White) and because there were many instances where the non-White individuals in the episode talked to each other and they did so without mentioning 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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