Sarah Palin, the unsuccessful nominee for vice President in the United States in 2008 was asked: “how can you tell a ‘hockey mom’ from a pit bull?”
“lipstick”, she answered. This whimsical, cutesy punch line was calculated to draw great applause at
the republican national Presidential Convention. The implication was clear: a hockey mom is every bit as tough as a pit bull, and therefore the same, except for a gloss of lipstick.