Film and TV

Top 10: TV's Bitchiest Bitches

Yesterday was Shannen Doherty's 40th birthday, with the Queen Bitch of the '90s more than likely celebrating by setting her boyfriend's Mustang on fire and sending a dozen supreme pizzas to her local Lane Bryant. At least that's my beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy.

During her time on Beverly Hills 90210, and most every acting role she has ever taken, Doherty has perfected the modern template for what a "bitch" is. Conniving, controlling, vicious, she was all these things in the hands of screenwriters and producers who saw her natural scowl and flippant attitude as a chance to turn her into the biggest one of the best ball-busters on television. And she reveled in it, it seems.

Even the notion that powerful women are bitches or ball-busters is a tad irritating in 2011. As a man who comes from a long-line of strong women, I don't see domineering behavior as necessarily a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with getting what you want. Guys get away with it and they get called deciders, decision-makers, CEO's, international rap stars.

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Craig Hlavaty
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