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Why is Steampunk Sexy?

So I’m bumming about the internet, as you do, and Tee tweets me.
“Wanna guest blog?” says he.
“Delighted,” says I. “Got a topic?”
“What makes Steampunk so sexy?” says he.

Truth be told, while I certainly think steampunk is sexy, I’m not sure I’m entirely qualified to answer this question. I suppose it’s kind of what I write, so I’ll give it my best shot.

Obviously, first and foremost, one word: corsets. There are a number of fine corsets (on the outside and underneath, worn by men and women) poodling about the steampunk scene. But as scrumptious as they are, there’s also that jodhpurs and newsboy-cap look (yummy!) and never discount how truly hot a man (or cross-dressing woman) in proper fitted evening dress can be, or, for that matter, the adorable grease monkey. Those flashes of brass, the occasional interesting adornment or mechanical arm which forces one to look closer, to ask questions, these only serve to make the person wearing the outfit more intriguing and approachable. That too is super sexy too. Because what it means is that the person behind the outfit is creative and smart – frankly, it there anything more sexy than that?

So we’ve dealt with the sexy surface features of steampunk, shall we delve underneath? There’s that attitude, no don’t ghetto-neck at me, not that kind of attitude. One of the best bits of the Victorian era that steampunk has gently been reviving is its manners and the politeness. Online in forums, or out and around the maker’s circuit, running into fellows of a steamy inclination at fairs or conventions, I’ve found they are genuinely pleasant to be around. I don’t know about you, but I find ladylike and gentlemanly behavior extremely sexy.

And then, I hope you’ll forgive me for going slightly philosophical here, there’s this overtone of visible technology. We live in an age where technology has become hidden away in little silver boxes. Steampunk has taken the machine and made it a work of art, and it gorgeous. Suddenly, we get to see the gears and guts spread out before us. There’s something lascivious and yes, a little dirty about that – also, very very sexy..

Quote of the Day:
“Fate is like a strange, unpopular restaurant filled with odd little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.”
~ Lemony Snicket

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