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The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: Oh My Ghostess - Season 1, Episode 3
Soon-ae remembered her past in Oh My Ghostess, episode 3, and she tried to help out her father (who owned a restaurant), but the way she did so ended up making her father feeling burdened and caused discord within her own workplace.
The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test
Episode 3 passed the Bechdel and race test but did not pass the Russo test.
There were two occasions where named women talked to each other in episode 3, and on these two occasions, men were not mentioned (e.g., the shaman asked for a cup of water from Soon-ae and she then later thanked Soon-ae) so the episode passed the Bechdel test. The episode also passed the race test, and the episode passed this test because the entire cast of episode 3 was Asian and White people were never mentioned by any of the characters. However, while the episode passed the Bechdel and race test, it did not pass the Russo test as there were no LGBTI characters in the episode.
*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 by her intersex status
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. 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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