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Bronte Sisters Fight the Power

I’ll be taking a little vacation from my blog for the whole month of June, but before I go, I just want to leave you all with this hilarious YouTube video of The Brontë Sisters Power Dolls.

What’s not to love about this blending of Power Rangers, first-wave feminist politics, and 19th-century British novels? There’s a little something for everyone in this pastiche of genre and history: the feminine lace on the Brontësaurus, the pudding that’s not included. Oh television! Oh feminism! Oh Victorian England! Oh consumer culture! Silly gooses. If only I could actually buy such dolls for my kids (if I had kids), right? 

Something about it reminds me of a class I had about ten or twelve years ago with Mark Turner, who  uses cognitive linguistics to talk about “conceptual blending” — how concepts, ideas, and language itself are produced by metaphorically blending two objective realities together. For instance, we imagine time with metaphors of space. But so what?

As I said before, there seems to be something everyone can enjoy in this video. The humor of it goes in so many directions — the combination of various details so perfectly silly — that a feminist and an anti-feminist might both find themselves rolling on the floor laughing hysterically, though for different reasons. Imagine for a moment, if you will, Bill O’Reilly, Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton all sitting in a room together, all watching the Brontë sisters power dolls… and all rolling around on the floor laughing hysterically. But so what?

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May 31, 2010 - Posted by | feminism

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