Of all the lady cops on TV, Debra Morgan from Dexter is my fave. She's a dedicated cop with a very dirty mouth whose aggressive police work often intimidates male co-workers. But Deb (played by Jennifer Carpenter) is more than just another woman acting like one of the guys.
E! wants us to know just how smart the girls of The Girls Next Door are. Their bios at E! Online even include a "Beauty & Brains" section which detail their ambitions and accomplishments (outside of posing nude).
But if we're supposed to give the Girls credit for intelligence, autonomy, or just plain-old professionalism, then what's with the show's producers constantly undermining them? Post-production sound effects and editing portray these women of "beauty and brains" as silly, vapid, and even ridiculous.
This week the box crushes on one of TV's most entertaining actresses.
Marcia Cross has been a guest-spot staple since she made her
first television appearance in 1985, but she's best known for playing very different roles on Desperate Housewives and Melrose Place.
So which is more fun: an obsessively traditional housewife or a baby-napping husband hater?
Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are easily TV's most hated couple. He's such a douche! She's such a pushover! And while Heidi always seems on the brink of coming to her senses breaking it off, their recent elopement would suggest otherwise.
Heidi's said publicly that they're both just playing parts, but why does the only remotely stable relationship on The Hills play out as boy = villain and girl = victim?
He's taken the role of "ladies man" to new levels on How I Met Your Mother, played himself as a child actor turned mega-douche in the Harold & Kumar movies, and even used his rep for machismo to shill Old Spice.
So why should feminists be crushing? Because he's redefining the way masculinity is portrayed in pop culture.