The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Thirty-Nine” – Season 2, Episode 17

On Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Thirty-Nine,” Xio and Lina threw Jane a bachelorette party (which was both fun and horrifying) and Rogelio threw Michael a super non-traditional (i.e., boring yet relaxing) bachelor party

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Chapter Thirty-Nine” did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Jane comforts Lina after her (Jane’s mother) makes out with the guy that Lina is interested in.

“Chapter Thirty-Nine” did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in “Chapter Thirty-Nine.”

As to the Bechdel and race test, there were many instances where named women (of which there were several in “Chapter Thirty-Nine”) talked to each other and there were many instances where non-White individuals (of which there were several in the episode) talked to each other and because there were occasions during those instances where named women talked to each other without mentioning men and non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people, the episode passed both the Bechdel and race test.

*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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