The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cheese in the Trap – Season 1, Episode 9

Young-Gon was on a mission on Cheese in the Trap, episode 9.  He was determined to show Seol the texts that Jung had sent him last year, and when he finally got Seol to take a peek at the messages, he got the result that he wanted – sort of.

Seol was beyond confused when she saw the texts that Jung had sent Young-Gon. She knew that the number that the texts had been sent from wasn’t his, so in an attempt to clarify things, she investigated further into the matter but what she discovered only made her more confused and upset, and in the end, it resulted in her and Jung taking a break from one another.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 9 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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In-Ha winds up bumming it at In-Ho’s after she gets kicked out of her apartment, and In-Ho questions how she became the person she is today.

Episode 9 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Named women talked to each other several times in episode 9, and because men weren’t mentioned on several of those occasions, the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 9 passed the race test because while White people were mentioned a time or two, the entire cast was Asian so there were many instances where non-White individuals 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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