Party culture

Sexist language

Many women tell us they have experienced sexist language whist being involved in a political party. This might include feeling patronised by labels like ‘girl’ or feeling dismissed when they are assertive in discussions or don’t behave in a stereotypically feminine way. Be aware that subtly sexist language is often normalised in society and people might not recognise their behaviour. Actions such as encouraging people to use gender neutral terms like spokesperson not spokesman when addressing a meeting or describing activities can help to create a more inclusive culture and challenge gender stereotypes. Using gender neutral language is also more inclusive for gender non-binary people who might not define as either a man or a woman.

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