Who Would You Rather Go Shopping With, Ally McBeal or Villanelle?: Some Excerpts from my New Book on TV

Powerful women have never been that hard to find in the movies or on television. Often, however, they are the villainesses: the schemers, the man-stealers, glammed up to the point of caricature, like Alexis Carrington. Others have been what Susan Douglas calls “bionic bimbos”: their powers are of the super-human variety, and represent, according to Douglas, a “media compromise with feminism”