Play The Gender Card Meaning
(idiomatic, often pejorative) To assert that sexism is involved in a situation, especially in order to exploit sexist or antisexist attitudes.
Example: 2008 January 8, Steinem, Gloria, â€œWomen Are Never Front-Runnersâ€, The New York Times, ISSN 0362-4331:
What worries me is that she is accused of â€œplaying the gender cardâ€ when citing the old boysâ€™ club, while he is seen as unifying by citing civil rights confrontations.
2010, Robert Fedorchek, The Translators: A Novel, Bloomington: iUniverse, ISBN 9781450249430, page 463:
[â€¦] the CAS was going to lose two of its best teachers; tolerate a mediocre one who had skillfully played the gender card by hiding behind her pregnancy; and retain an ineffective one.
2013 June 19, â€œDid someone play their gender card at you? Poor baby.â€, We, the Intelligentsia, â€¦, retrieved 2014-04-07:
How can you tell the difference between someone playing the gender card and someone actually calling out misogyny when you so obviously have no expertise on the matter?