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Andrea Dworkin has written several books arguing that pornography harms women. But Dworkin is just ugly and bitter, so why should we listen to her?
Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
AKA "You Too Fallacy"

Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

This fallacy is committed when it is concluded that a person's claim is false because 1) it is inconsistent with something else a person has said or 2) what a person says is inconsistent with her actions. This type of "argument" has the following form:

  1. Person A makes claim X.
  2. Person B asserts that A's actions or past claims are inconsistent with the truth of claim X.
  3. Therefore X is false.
The fact that a person makes inconsistent claims does not make any particular claim he makes false (although of any pair of inconsistent claims only one can be true-but both can be false). Also, the fact that a person's claims are not consistent with his actions might indicate that the person is a hypocrite but this does not prove his claims are false.

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 631 Total Answer Attempts   46%
 292 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 339 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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292 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
70 - Personal Attack
53 - Ad Hominem
39 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
31 - Poisoning the Well
30 - Appeal to Ridicule
16 - Appeal to Spite
11 - Red Herring
9 - Fallacy of Composition
8 - Genetic Fallacy
6 - Biased Generalization
6 - Guilt by Association
5 - Appeal to Novelty
5 - Misleading Vividness
5 - Appeal to Flattery
5 - Appeal to Popularity
4 - Post Hoc
4 - Burden of Proof
4 - Fallacy of Division
4 - Begging the Question
3 - Relativist Fallacy
3 - Appeal to Belief
3 - Ignoring a Common Cause
2 - Appeal to Tradition
2 - Appeal to Emotion
2 - False Dilemma
2 - Slippery Slope
2 - Hasty Generalization
2 - Special Pleading
2 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
1 - Confusing Cause and Effect

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Not "you too"
I don't think the fallacy here is Ad Hominem Tu Quoque. If Andrea D. was making pornography and making books against it, then it would be appropriate to say, " Andrea writes anti porn books, but also works in the industry. Therefore she has no room to talk. That is not the type of reasoning used here. There is a statement made about Andrea, and then what follows is a personal attack on Andrea in regards to here appearance.

5.4.15 08:17 by triviummethodman
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Good call, looks like this one was associated with the wrong answer. Thanks so much! (example deactivated)

5.4.15 09:25 by wikiworldorder
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