A Sydney woman who was heckled by a group of men as she walked down the street in a tiny pair of hotpants has copped further abuse after sharing footage of the incident.
Tia Kabir, an Australian influencer who has amassed a following alongside her work selling racy content on an adult subscription site, shared a video that showed her strutting through the city’s CBD wearing a crop top and a pair of Hooters shorts.
The 19-year-old appeared to be filming content for her subscribers when she pulled the shorts up higher and shook her butt for the camera.
As she did so, she captured the moment a group of men on the busy street cheered her on, shouting “yeeeaaaah” in response to Ms Kabir’s movements.
The young woman quickly takes action, readjusting her shorts, stating: “What the f***.”
Her camera man also condemns the onlookers, panning the camera towards them and declaring: “Look at these f***ing guys.”
But after sharing the video with her 112,000 followers, Ms Kabir – who went viral earlier this year after her “dream” Bali tattoo went horribly wrong – was met with a lack of empathy from her predominantly male fan base.
“Your dad said hi to me,” she captioned the short clip, along with a crying emoji, sparking a barrage of claims she should have “expected” male attention because she was in a busy, public space.
“She can’t be serious? You’re somehow bothered and shocked?” one stated.
“How [is] she even shocked?” another pushed.
As someone else asked “what kind of reaction” Ms Kabir thought she would get.
“I’m confused,” one chipped in.
One man even admitted it was to be expected when a woman does “something publicly provocative”.
Women have long been judged by their male counterparts – and even other women – as a result of wearing “suggestive” clothing, research shows.
A 2022 study that looked at why women are often disparaged from wearing “revealing” clothing and found females who ditched modest expectations were often deemed to have negative traits and behaviours.
Earlier research published by the National Library of Medicine also found that both men and women perceived sexualised women as lacking in certain human qualities such as mental capacity and moral status.
“Women who are objectified are viewed as less than fully human, perceived to have less of a mind for thoughts or decisions and viewed as less deserving of moral treatment by others,” the 2019 report found.
“This denial of mental capacity and moral status has been found to have negative repercussions for objectified women, including increasing men’s willingness to commit sexually aggressive actions towards them.”
Sex workers are also more likely to experience sexual or physical violence, studies show.
The influencer, who is originally from Canberra, hit headlines in May after she asked for a tattoo in Bali that read “Angel Energy” on her right forearm.
However, she ended up with the words “energy angel” – a sight that left her distraught – telling news.com.au previously she hadn’t realised what was happening until it was too late.
“I had a piece of paper that said ‘Angel Energy’ but it was a little too big on the arm after they put the stencil on,” she said at the time.
“So after they made it a tiny bit smaller, somehow it flipped around saying ‘Energy Angel’ but I didn’t notice. “It was only after it was done that I checked it. It put me into shock.”