The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Supergirl, “For the Girl Who Has Everything” – Season 1, Episode 13

Kara was attacked by an alien plant on Supergirl, “For the Girl Who Has Everything.” The plant caused Kara to enter a comatose state, and while Alex and Hank did their best to revive her from her comatose state, they soon discovered that the only way that Kara could awaken was if she realized that what she was experiencing while in a coma was not real.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“For the Girl Who Has Everything” passed the Bechdel test but it did not pass the Russo or race test.

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While in a coma, Kara dreams of a perfect world where her family is still alive.

There were a couple of named women in “For the Girl Who Has Everything” and there were many instances in the episode where some of the named women in the episode talked to each other. Of the many times that named women talked to each other in “For the Girl Who Has Everything,” there were a couple of instances where men were not mentioned so the episode passed the Bechdel test. The episode did not, however, pass the Russo or race test.

“For the Girl Who Has Everything” did not pass the Russo test because there were no LGBTI characters in the episode. The episode did not pass the race test because even though there were non-White individuals in the episode (e.g., Hank and James) and there were a couple of instances where some of the non-White individuals in the episode talked to each other, White people were always mentioned whenever non-White individuals  conversed with one another.

*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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