Via author Gail Carriger's blog, the Wall Street Journal has a piece entitled "How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance." The article notes the popularity of historical romance novels, which require historical accuracy in their, ah, romantic encounters. In particular, budding authors want to know how a Victorian gentleman manages to get a Victorian lady out of her corset and into her knickers.
As we denizens of the Steamlands know, this is not an easy process. (Each reader may have his or her own definition of "know" in the previous sentence. We don't judge.)
Some people who haunt historical RP sims in Second Life, such as the witty and talented Miz Dio Kuhr, strive for complete historical accuracy. While I admire that greatly, I also find it exhausting. With Steampunk, I can just wing it, making things up as I go along without fear of nitpicking from the reenactor's peanut gallery, which makes things ever so much nicer.