A Spot of Tea (Duelling): a Steampunk Feminist Perspective

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I am fascinated with the way that Tea and Absinthe seem to have become the tipples of choice for the Steampunk Community. I’m even more fascinated how tea and teapots are the inspiration for such Steampunk sports as Tea Duelling and Teapot Racing.

Cogpunk Steamscribe as the Tea Lady. Cogpunk Steamscribe as the Tea Lady.

Tea Duelling is when two parties sit down with exactly the same type of cup and biscuits (in Australia we might use use Arnott’s milk arrowroot or Nice biscuits), and a pot of hot tea. The person presiding over the event if the Tiffin Mistress (or Tiffen Master), and she will direct the duellists to submerge their biscuits for a set period of time, generally five seconds. The goal is now to get the soggy biscuit from cup to mouth is the most genteel manner. If the biscuit drops back into the cup, the holder of the cup is disqualified. If…

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