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Were I, mutatis mutandis, a 19th century Frenchman would he be the object of my desire?
No need for me to be French. I could be a Brit who had a perverse passion for French guys.
While dandies were often assailed as effeminate that was probably unfair and an effect of the muscular Christianity popular at least among the Anglophone world.
Sadly most of the world was in the closet, which is why back then gay men hired their lovers.