luxurious to the verge of effeminacy

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In the window was a sumptuous writing-desk, and every detail of the apartment, the pictures, the rugs, and the hangings, all pointed to a taste which was luxurious to the verge of effeminacy.
What does being luxurious have to do with femininity? This happened in England during the early 1900s, so shouldn't being wealthy and the like be associated with men?

Source: The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Chez

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    At that time it would have been thought that only women would spend a lot of time and effort thinking about luxurious furnishings. For a man to do so would seem 'almost effeminate'. The house and interior was very much 'the woman's domain' in those days. Men had far more important things to think about.
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