Sexism is typecasting someone in a negative and limiting way, demeaning them simply because of their sex or gender.


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:

  • Coaches and supporters telling boys they’re weak, soft, to ‘man up’, don’t be a sissy or wuss
  • Girls being excluded from participating or given less access to facilities
  • Homophobic slurs being made by people on and off the field
  • Talented women not being given the chance to coach, because only men are assumed to have this capacity
  • Men not actively encouraged to work in the canteen, because this is seen as “women’s work.”


Belittling someone and treating them as if they’re of less value because of their sex and gender always hurts, always causes harm, even if this is not all that visible.

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.

Sexist behaviour, where the values of others are discounted, goes to the heart of significant issues of health and well-being in our community like depression, anxiety, sexual harassment, family violence, bullying and suicide.


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.

Club Respect advice:

Step 1: Take notice

First, check yourself. Be prepared to subject your own attitudes, behaviours and language to scrutiny regarding sex and gender.

Ask yourself:

  • What do you really think and feel about women and girls in society?
  • What do you really think and feel about people with different gender identities?
Step 2: Be alert

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!’

Step 3: Speak up

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.