While sexist commentary about women is more common, men can also find themselves targeted in demeaning ways because of their sex and gender.
Around the club, you might hear or see:
It’s no fun being the butt of crude, gendered remarks and sexist put downs. It’s no fun being judged as inferior, or a lesser human being by others who find it difficult to accept and live the concept of equality between men and women.
Invariably, when someone is on the receiving end of sexist attitudes and language, their sense of worth and confidence takes a hit and it can be hard to bounce back.
When a club aspires to become a place of respect, safety, fun, fairness and success, you can guarantee it has re-framed things.
Old, unhelpful gender stereotypes are replaced with club expectations that everyone’s experience and talent is to be recognised and maximised.
Everyone works side by side, respectfully, with others in and around the club.
Sexist behaviours are called out and dealt with constructively, including through sanctions and other ways that measurably strengthen positive club culture.
First, check yourself. Be prepared to subject your own attitudes, behaviours and language to scrutiny regarding sex and gender.
Be alert to the attitudes, language and behaviours of those around you. Such as when a coach, a spectator or a parent says to a boy, ‘you’re playing like a girl!’
We know that it can be difficult and sometimes dangerous to call out sexism. We know that this is why people sometimes choose to turn a blind eye and remain uneasily silent. But, sexist behaviour, in and around your club, with its negative impacts, will continue unless it’s called out by you and others.
We think people like you are looking for a way to break the cycle of silence, a way that is safe, proactive and consistent.
Club Respect has created SMART steps to help you.