laughs by having her ride a vacuum rather than a broom. I've seen this same gag with Wendy, the Sandersons in Hocus Pocus and a Saturday Evening Post cover by JC leyendecker. Now I really want to know where the trope of riding a broom came from in the first place.
That's an interesting question with a fascinating and risque answer. Apparently, the broom is a symbol of domesticity that the witches have co-opted for sexual pleasure (since the broom is a phallic symbol) to show not only their rejection of traditional roles, but also their independence from men.
I looked it up myself after posting and got similar answers. Now that I know I'm not really sure what I was expecting.
I didn't think it would be that deeply rooted in legend. I figured that there'd be some Victorian-era cartoon that everyone copied or something.
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