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The early s saw a series of scandals in fashionable circles of London society that further wedded the term of macaroni to a queer inclination and truly placed the figure of the homosexual man into the public realm. He too was seen both as perversely effeminate in his fashionable posing and, at the same time, as aggressively predatory towards male youths. The stereotypical proto-homosexual man emerged as a being that was attracted to younger men, who was theatrical rather than understated, effeminate rather than manly, and artistic rather than sporting.
Jones was a man of fashion in society who had been convicted at the Old Bailey for sodomising a year-old boy.