05/01/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Mir Hossein Mousavi: Iran Finds Its Mandela

Traditional Iranian husbands, the sort found in the highest ranks of the Islamic Republic, sometimes refer to their wives as "the house." For them, this is not just an expression of their understanding of gender relations. It is viewed as a necessary euphemism, vital protection for a woman's honor. The mere uttering of her name, after all, might compromise her chastity.

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