“Women Are Cancer, You Shouldn’t Be Working in Sport”: Sport Psychologists’ Lived Experiences of Sexism in Sport

Aura Goldman, Misia Gervis

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Abstract

Though sexism has been recognized as problematic in sport, its impact on female sport psychologists in the United Kingdom has not yet been investigated. The purpose of this research was to explore the impact of sexism and its influence on practice. Four semi structured focus groups were conducted, comprising 11 sport psychologists who worked in the United Kingdom. Thematic analysis revealed four general themes: the environment, privileging masculinity, acts of sexism, and the feminine. Participants' discourse suggests that female sport psychologists are impacted by sexism in their workplaces. Gendered power differentials, coupled with the low status of sport psychology within sport, exacerbated the challenges faced by female sport psychologists. This study contributes to making up for the dearth of research on the impact of sexism on sport psychologists. Suggestions are made with regard to implications for practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-96
Number of pages12
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Volume35
Issue number2
Early online date4 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Applied practice
  • Discrimination
  • Gender
  • Hegemonic masculinity

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