Simply by using interviews and allowing men and women to speak for themselves, the glaring double standard in Costa Rica appears effortlessly as an all-pervasive inequality, rarely overcome by a truly reciprocal relationship between a man and a woman. Femme filmmaker Valeria Sarmiento includes a worst-case scenario, discussions with two prisoners who freely admit they were unfaithful to their wives, all the while noting that they are in jail because they murdered their spouses for being unfaithful. The double standard starts early, as children in Catholic schools are segregated by gender, as boys insist on marrying virgins when they grow up but freely go to prostitutes when they feel like it, and as a multitude of customs and attitudes indicate that the female spouse is a possession and not a partner. Most viewers will readily admit that any given society is not much different than that of Costa Rica if equality for women is considered across the social and economic spectrum.
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