Strawman Fallacy

Straw Man Logical Fallacy – Greer and Simone

Straw man occurs when someone argues that a person holds a view that is actually not what the other person believes. Instead, it is a distorted version of what the person believes. So, instead of attacking the person’s actual statement or belief, it is the distorted version that is attacked.

A straw man argument is a rhetorical technique where someone distorts their opponent’s argument in order to make it easier to attack. Essentially, the person using the strawman pretends to refute their opponent’s argument, while in reality they refute a different argument, which doesn’t accurately portray their opponent’s original stance.

E.G:

  • Caroline says that she thinks her friends should not be so rude to the new girl. Jenna says that she cannot believe that Caroline is choosing to be better friends with the new girl than the girls who have always known her.
  • Teachers with cell phones.
  • First, person A states their position.
  • Then, person B presents a distorted version of person A’s original position, while pretending that there’s no difference between the two versions.
  • Finally, person B attacks the distorted version of person A’s position, and acts as if this invalidates person A’s original argument.

Handmaid’s Tale Example:

  • Margaret Atwood displays the dystopian novel aspectualtive fiction then someone states this society WILL happen in the future.

Useful Websites:

http://www.softschools.com/examples/fallacies/straw_man_examples/496/

https://effectiviology.com/straw-man-arguments-recognize-counter-use/

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