The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cheese in the Trap – Season 1, Episode 10

Matters finally came to a head between Min-Soo and Seol on Cheese in the Trap, episode 10, and the two duked it out (literally and figuratively) in front of their entire class. The result of their final showdown? Seol came out on top, and Min-Soo disappeared not only from Seol’s life, but from campus all together.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 10 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Still on break from each other, Jung unexpectedly hugs Seol.

Episode 10 did not pass the Russo test, and it did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. Episode 10 did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

There were several instances in episode 10 where named women talked to each other, and because there were a couple of occasions out of those instances where men weren’t mentioned, the episode passed the Bechdel test. Episode 10 passed the race test because the entire cast was Asian and because none of the characters ever mentioned White people (i.e., only non-White individuals who never mentioned White people ever talked to each other).

*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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