What is a neutral and professional way to push back against being assigned by senior team members to do brainless tasks in a development team? I don't dislike my team, but I am worried about not being taken seriously because I am often an afterthought in terms of task assignment.
Being an afterthought does not take advantage of my skills and abilities (I've had success in solving hard problems for other projects for my team). I get the impression that I am purposely being sidelined because of office politics, being perceived as a threat, or sexism (from some members, not all), or all of the above.
I don't want to mention this to my boss, because I don't want to come off as whiny, but if I have to do this, I am open to it. What's the best way to bring this up?
How do I push back against this kind of work assignment while being professional and a team player?