The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Jealousy Incarnate – Season 1, Episode 11

Matters became tense between Hwa-Shin and Jung-Won on Jealousy Incarnate, episode 11, as the two fought each other over Na-Ri’s attention and affection.

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

Episode 11 did not pass the Russo test but it did pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Na-Ri offers Hwa-Shin some ice-cream. 

Episode 11 did not pass the Russo test, and the episode did not pass this test because there were no LGBTI characters in episode 11. The episode did, however, pass the Bechdel and race test.

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Na-Ri tells Hwa-Shin to go to his doctor appointment.

There were a few named women in episode 11, and while these women hardly ever talked to each other, the episode, nonetheless, passed the Bechdel test because there was a single instance where men were not mentioned during one of the few times that named women talked to each other (e.g., Sung-Sook asked Na-Ri to buy rice puffs).

As to why episode 11 passed the race test, there were many instances where non-White individuals talked to each other without mentioning anyone White as the entire cast was Asian and none of the characters ever mentioned White individuals.

*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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