This is probably due in large part to people, especially male people, not being able to distinguish easily between women. (Quick – how many female female impersonators do you know of? I only know one.) But if you set a picture down in front of me and asked “Tina Fey or Sarah Palin?”, I wouldn’t be able to answer confidently. I don’t think I can tell them apart.
I thought of this while looking at this week’s Newsweek cover. But you can see it elsewhere:
We need a guide pointing out the differrences, so I don’t get caught. Some newspeople already have, apparently.
Here’s only one example: http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2008/10/french_paper_mistakes_tina_fey.html