'Humiliated, appalled': Sydney woman speaks out about 'sexist' rule at her apartment swimming pool

A Sydney woman who was told to change into more "appropriate" togs at her apartment complex's swimming pool has slammed the "sexist double standards". 

Business development manager Kristy Miller says she was "appalled" when a male security officer said her bikini "wasn't to pool standards" and she'd have to put shorts on. 

"It was actually really humiliating and really intimidating," she told a local radio station. 

"He was very aggressive and very loud. His exact words were I would need to put shorts on to be allowed in the pool area.

"At first I thought he was joking." 

Miller added that it was just "a normal bikini, not a G-string or anything like that," and that she considered the rules "sexist". 

"There are no rules for men. Not once did they go and attack any man. Men are fine to wear Speedos, that's OK; but women's bikini bottoms are not OK," she said.

The 39-year-old, who lives in the Eastern suburb of Zetland, posted on her local community page asking if any other women had suffered a similar "degrading" ordeal. 

Miller posted on her local community page about the incident.
Miller posted on her local community page about the incident. Photo credit: Facebook/via. News.com.au

"I'm appalled a male security guard thinks he has the right to tell females if their bikinis are appropriate," she wrote.

"I've contacted my real estate and Fair Trading which have advised me this is not appropriate and to get legal advice which I'm in the process of doing.

"Please reach out if he also harassed you so we can ensure females aren't humiliated and degraded in the place they live."

Miller said she was inundated with messages from other residents who had similar stories to tell. 

According to News.com.au, commenters on the Facebook post defended her stance. 

"What a joke. That's horrible and I'm sorry you have to deal with such negative people. It's not the 1800s anymore," one reportedly said.

"Disgusting. A similar thing happened to me at the resort pool but it was two years ago," wrote another.

After Miller's complaint, pool security reportedly doubled down, erecting new signs with "pool rules" telling women: "No G-string, no topless, must be adequately dressed". 

It's not the first time a bikini has been contentious swimwear at a swimming pool. Last year a North Shore woman who was also asked to cover up at an Auckland Council pool says her swimsuit shouldn't have been a problem because it wasn't a thong.

But AM Show host Mark Richardson defended pool staff's decision, saying "they have every right to make a call".