play the gender card

play the gender card

To dismiss or discredit an opinion, argument, position, action, decision, etc., as being the product of prejudice against one's gender. The candidate played the gender card as an explanation for why her polls were much lower recently, claiming that the media has been giving her less visibility than her male opponents simply because she is a woman. I hate it when casual misogynists try to brush off legitimate criticism by claiming that you're just "playing the gender card."
See also: card, gender, play
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You would be tempted to think actress Hema Malini, after all these years in the industry, would be the last person to play the gender card.
FEMINISM is when a woman doesn't play the gender card to her unfair advantage.
Another woman happy to play the gender card when it comes to cars is broadcaster and Western Mail columnist Lowri Turner.
It has unfortunately reached the point where a candidate's success will be determined by the color of his skin, how successfully an equally ambitious woman can play the gender card, or how an ill-fitted politician can wrap himself in the American flag and make pathetic efforts to distance himself from the Bush presidency.
She once said: "Women are under-represented in the prison service, but I don't really play the gender card.