The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Forty-Four” – Season 2, Episode 22

Jane The Virgin -- "Chapter Forty-Four" -- Image Number: JAV222b_0346.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Ivonne Coll as Alba, Gina Rodriquez as Jane and Andrea Navedo as Xo -- Photo: Scott Everett White/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Jane’s wedding day finally arrived on Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Forty-Four,” and with her wedding day came all kinds of drama. Namely, Jane was late to her wedding; Anezka paralyzed Petra and performed a body swap; Barnett was revealed to be Rose; and Rose shot Michael.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

“Chapter Forty-Four” passed the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

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Rogelio and Jane take a bus to get to her wedding.

There were several named women and non-White individuals in “Chapter Forty-Four,” and because there were 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 the Bechdel and race test.

“Chapter Forty-Four” also passed the Russo test, and the episode passed this test because there were two LGBTI characters in “Chapter Forty-Four,” Luisa and Rose, and these two were not solely defined by their sexual orientation (e.g., Luisa was also defined as being a doctor and Rose was defined as being a crime lord) and their removal from “Chapter Forty-Four” would have significantly affected the episode’s plot as they were part of a major plot twist.

*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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