From an email:
Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.
Ms. Walters returned to Kabul after the conflict, and observed that women still walked behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.
Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, 'Why do you now seem happy with a custom that you once tried so desperately to change?'
The woman looked Ms Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said, “Land mines.”
Moral of the story? No matter what language you speak or where you go:
Behind every man, there is a smart woman!