Costa Rica News – Congressmen and women are divided about the issue of whether or not there is male chauvinistic behavior being carried out and permitted in the Congress and among the peers.
Some say inappropriate jokes are made. Others that hugs become uncomfortable.
There is also the accusation that there is discrimination in decision-making on gender issues.
Some colleagues say these and other examples of chauvinism are perceived every day. They say the men are arrogant and disrespectful to the women.
The legislative body has 20 women and 37 men, which adds to the friction. The friction is seen regardless of the political party represented.
One Frente Amplio member said that the parliament does not escape what happens in everyday society, which is often offensive actions and moods towards women.
A member of the Libertarian Movement claims that although there are inappropriate jokes told in the cafeteria this is common in society and therefore okay.