The problem that the Labor Party has today is that Bill Shorten is an economic girlie man. [Australian Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann, Sky News Agenda, 18 October 2014]
On 18 October 2014 another Liberal Party politician was caught dragging his knuckles along the ground, when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann called Opposition Leader Bill Shorten an economic girlie man.
He obviously wasn't expecting the reaction to this comment and sought to douse the flames in a somewhat unusual manner:
"It is not in any way intended as a reflection on girls, it is entirely intended as a reflection on Bill Shorten".
Even lexicographers don't support Cormann's assertion that the term is not linked negatively to the female gender:
In the aftermath of his bizarre and unsuccessful attempts to characterize the derogatory term “girlie man” as having nothing to do with a sexist view of females, perhaps he would rather be seen as an ignorant excuse for a member of parliament instead.
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