A burlesque device was a object that increased the fetishistic aura of the bearer.
"Vulgar" technology using base matter was looked down upon by the Great Houses, and sex had become a nearly lost concept millions of years before the War. It was Robert Scarrat that realized the symbolic potential of both. His troops, armed with faux D-Mat guns and ornate decorations, somehow managed to have a lower casualty rate and higher morale than others with better technologies. (PROSE: The Book of the War)