ad feminam

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ad fem·i·nam

 (ăd fĕm′ĭ-năm′, -nəm)
Appealing to irrelevant personal considerations concerning women, especially prejudices against them. See Usage Note at ad hominem.

[Latin ad, to + fēminam, accusative of fēmina, woman.]

ad fem′i·nam′ adv.
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She reads Boswell's "ad feminam" (259) attack on Seward as anticipating the "sexist" (229) derision that would make the poet disappear from literary history.
These ad hominem (or in my case ad feminam) attacks mean little.
Then she lets him off the hook despite his "ad feminam approach to discernment" (273) and his turn to an academic (therefore male) mysticism--the "via nostalgica" (249).
In 1998, Crittenden subjected the pro--working mother book, A Mother's Place, by journalist Susan Chira, to a startingly ad feminam thrashing in National Review.
The passion that drives Gill's meticulously researched and engagingly written work is, rather, her (feminist) indignation at a long line of hostile critics whose virulent "ad feminam" attacks have sensationalized and pathologized Eddy.
Though the novel was a massive commercial success, it was ravaged by most critics, whose ad feminam diatribes against Jong and her novel's apparent feminism probably revealed more about the critics than about the text.
Antin labels the accusation the "Roberta Smith problem," in honor of the latter critic having bluntly raised the issue in a dismissive review of the artist's latest series of paintings.(1) Then Smith, as if challenging Antin's ad feminam attempt to contain the issue, drove home precisely the same point in an equally unimpressed review of the Guggenheim retrospective, also for the New York Times.(2) Peter Schjeldahl was if anything more antagonistic and belittling in The Village Voice, this coming from a critic who in 1972 had reported (for the Times) on the lionization of Morris in the New York scene of that period, calling him "a nearly transcendent art world presence, an artist who, it seemed, could do no wrong."(3) Plainly old conflicts are resurfacing.
Part of the Ad Feminam: Women and Literature series edited by Sandra M.
By combining a harsh, ad feminam reading of women's movement proclamations about families and mothering with a powerful brief for social policies that recognized the needs of women in the labor force, she made many wonder if indeed the movement had lost sight of a group she named as its core constituency.