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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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De Lima 'is apparently playing the gender card as a shield against mounting evidence of her ties with high-profile drug lords,' said presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella.
Monica trenchantly notes about the feminist icon, who is playing the gender card on the trail this time around: "I find her impulse to blame the Woman -- not only me, but herself -- troubling.
SYDNEY - Australia's opposition on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of playing the gender card amid continued speculation on her leadership ahead of the September federal election.
You could be accused of playing the gender card by bonding with your white sister.
Now more than ever, marketers are playing the gender card by rolling out products geared just for guys or gals.
We are not the girls playing the gender card to get a privileged spot at a Starbucks queue.