The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The 100, “Perverse Instantiation: Part One” – Season 3, Episode 15

Clarke and Roan teamed up on The 100, “Perverse Instantiation: Part One,” and the two infiltrated the Citadel in order to place the flame in Ontari, but as always, things didn’t go so great for Clarke. To be more specific, Clarke fall into a trap, she was tortured and then her mother was hung. So yeah, just an ordinary day for The 100.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Perverse Instantiation: Part One” passed the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

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Jasper and Monty stay behind to help Raven in her quest to hack Alie.

There were several named women and non-White individuals in “Perverse Instantiation: Part One,” and because there were a couple of instances where some of these named women talked to each other without mentioning men and some of the non-White individuals that were in the episode talked to each other without mentioning White people, “Perverse Instantiation: Part One” passed the Bechdel and race test. “Perverse Instantiation: Part One” also passed the Russo test.

“Perverse Instantiation: Part One” passed the Russo test because there were three LGBTI characters in the episode, Clarke, Miller and Bryan, and none of these characters were solely defined by their sexual orientation (e.g., they were also defined as being rebels) and their removals from “Perverse Instantiation: Part One” would have significantly affected the plot as “Perverse Instantiation: Part One” was an ensemble episode and Clarke, Muller and Bryan were all part of the ensemble.

*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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