more than pretty clothes: a few smart links on steampunk
Cat Rambo did a fantastic post for Tor.com titled Suffragette Steampunk, which is a fantastic source of food for thought on widening the lens of both characters and subject matter in the Steampunk genre.
There are some incredible essays, both more and less recent, on the subjects of disability, women, feminism, imperialism, race, mode of dress and politics in steampunk clothing, literature and community. These are just a sampling, and I am sure an uncomfortable read for many. I also associate some of that discomfort when approaching things that make us uncomfortable to be a mark of honesty, in both the writing and the reader, not as a signal to tune out.