The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Doctor Crush – Season 1, Episode 6

On Doctor Crush, episode 6, there was all kinds of drama going down. Namely, Hye-Jung reached out for help from Ji-Hong and Yoon-Do; Seo-Woo bonded with a patient and became a bit too close to her; Yoon-Do was crushing on Hye-Jung; and Ji-Hong continued in his efforts to woo Hye-Jung. So basically? Episode 6 was the epitome of a standard Korean drama.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 6 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 6 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 6. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

Episode 6 passed the Bechdel test because there were named women in the episode and there were several instances where some of these women talked to each other without mentioning men. The episode passed the race test because there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning White people as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White people.

*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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