Another blogger steps forth to define what burlesque was and is today, and more importantly perhaps, what it isn’t.
Agreed: It is not the Pussycat Dolls.
Seattle Times » What is Burlesque?
There are varying definitions, but burlesque was basically a comic imitation of a serious literary, political or artistic form, at least in the beginning. These shows used comedy, parody, sexuality and music to defy the established and/or conventional way of looking at things.