The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jealousy Incarnate – Season 1, Episode 7

Na-Ri and Jung-Won spent a bunch of quality time together on Jealousy Incarnate, episode 7, and as Hwa-Shin began to realize that the two truly liked each other, he forced himself to accept the possibility of these two dating each other.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 7 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Na-Ri tries to save Hwa-Shin from himself when he is about to accidentally out his secret illness.

Episode 7 did not meet the most basic of the requirements of the Russo test – LGBTI characters. That is, the episode had absolutely no LGBTI characters, and because of this, episode 7 did not pass the Russo test. However, while the episode did not pass this one diversity test, it did pass others like the Bechdel and race test.

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Na-Ri and Jung-Won laugh over dinner.

There were a few named women in episode 7 and there were occasions where some of these women spoke to each other. Out of the instances that named women talked to each other, men were usually mentioned, but because there was a single occasion where two named women talked to each other without mentioning men (e.g., Sung-Sook told Na-Ri to go home), the episode passed the Bechdel test.

In regards to how episode 7 passed the race test, the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals so there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White.

*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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