The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Cheese in the Trap – Season 1, Episode 11

Cheese in the Trap returned this week with episode 11, and in the episode, Seol fought with her parents.

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In-Ha appears outside of Seol’s class.

Seol was sick of her parents treating her like she was second tier to Joon. She said as much to them, and when she was done venting, she ran away from home seeking solace. The individual who wound up comforting her? Jung.

As a consequence of her fight with her parents, Seol reunited with Jung and the two began dating once again. The two were elated to be back together, but not everyone was pleased with their reunion. Namely, In-Ho was hot and bothered about their reunion as he was beginning to realize that he just may have feelings for Seol.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 passed the race test but it did not pass the Bechdel or Russo test.

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Seol unexpectedly spies Jung and the two spend the night together.

The entire cast of episode 11 was Asian, and while there were a few instances in episode 11 where characters mentioned White people, there were also many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White so the episode passed the race test. Episode 11 did not, however, pass the Bechdel test.

While named women did talk to each other a couple of times in episode 11, the episode did not pass the Bechdel test because men were always mentioned whenever named women talked to each other. Episode 11 also failed to pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11.

*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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