Marama Davidson refuses to apologize for using the word c at a public meeting in Auckland last week, despite public criticism.
The co-leader of the Greens New Zealand party told the New Zealand Newshub website that he does not regret repeating the word several times in front of adults and children.
"That word is a powerful word for women and should not be used as abuse," he said.
In an anti-racism event, Ms. Davidson spoke of wanting to claim the term, often used as slang for female genitals or as an insult.
"One thing I've noticed, which I have not yet talked about in the media, is these people who try to shut us down and try to intimidate us and make us afraid, they call us c *** s," he said. He said in pictures of the demonstration.
"They call us women c *** s. C *** s are powerful."
"Call me that, I'll take it, I'm here for being a ***," he said.
Later she followed with a tweet saying that the least women can do is "disarm the word and claim it back." And a week after the incident, Mrs. Davidson talked about her husband calling her "my c ***" when he saw her.
"I love him," she replied.
The word c is widely considered taboo, and is considered highly offensive in some cultures. A recent survey by the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority found that it was seen as the most offensive word in the country. However, the percentage of people with this opinion was reduced by almost 10 percent in five years.
In Australia, its use varies.
Last year, a Sydney court upheld an appeal from a man convicted of offensive behavior for carrying a sandwich board by calling former prime minister Tony Abbott to ***, and the judge said frequent use of the word in language daily showed "that is considered less offensive in Australia than other English-speaking countries, such as the United States."
The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, has said that she would not have used the word herself, while the deputy Winston Peters has described it as "atrocious" and "degrading".
Newshub reports that James Shaw, colleague and co-leader of Mrs. Davidson of the Greens, refuses to comment on the incident.
Sincere politics has expressed support for progressive issues such as abortion and gay rights.
Last month, she detailed threats of rape and death against her and her children, after tweeting her support for the decision to ban extreme right-wing defenders Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from the Auckland Council's facilities during a tour of conferences.
Weeks earlier, Ms. Davidson revealed that she had been sexually abused as a child by a relative, and in 2017 she apologized for her uncle's role in the death of a homosexual.