Obstinate Headstrong Girl





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Published on Jun 19, 2018

Inspired by Helena Kelly's 'Jane Austen, the Secret Radical,' and that really great scene in the BBC P&P were Lady Catherine is super insulting, and Elizabeth Bennet owns her like a boss.



Shy retiring spinster, Jane Austen lived out her life writing polite comedies of manners in the idyllic English countryside.

Shy retiring spinster?
This satirical comic could put you through the ringer!
Her letters were notorious for casting shade,
And every word she wrote, she did it to get paid.
An accomplished flirt who dearly loved to dance,
Seriously cynical when it comes to romance,
Pissed off Bronte, Churchill and Mark Twain,
Accused her of sticking to only the mundane, ha!

Obstinate headstrong girl, obstinate headstrong girl!
You know we’re going to change the world,
You know we’re going to change the world!

Austen wasn’t political you ask?
Let’s start with Mansfield Park to take you to the task!
Fanny was sold to the family for a price,
And what her uncle was trading in Antigua wasn’t spice.
Nearly every single reference was criticizing slavery,
And Mark Twain can’t decipher her bravery?
Doesn’t take much imagination,
The theme of the scheme is emancipation.

Obstinate headstrong girl, obstinate headstrong girl!
You know we’re going to change the world,
You know we’re going to change the world!

Sense and Sensibility, doesn’t seem like a roaring feminist decree,
But the very first opening paragraph is quoting mad feminazi Mary Wollstonecraft.
While you’re caught up in the lives of two ordinary sisters,
And their trials and tribulations finding adequate misters,
The real story of inadequacy is the unjust system of inheritancy.*
Price and Prejudice, pretty straight forward?
Fairy tale love and an ordinary courtship.
From that very first handshake to that infamous dance,
It’s a thinly veiled comment on revolutionary France.
Don’t think Austen was brutal and badarse,
When she tells Lady Catherine, ‘stick it up your class!’
Lizzie was more than a pair of fine eyes,
Her true accomplishment was her damn fine mind.

Wanna follow in her footsteps?
Gotta get your hems dirty.
Don’t be shy with your opinion.
You are more than just pretty.

Headstrong obstinate girl
You know we’re gonna change world.

*Sure inheritancy isn’t officially a word in the dictionary, but Shakespeare made up 400 words, and we figured we could get away with one, right?


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