A couple recent observations from Calypso:
We were driving home one day and came to a stop behind a car with one of those ubiquitous stick figure families on it. This family did not consist of two parents, a pack of kids, and assorted pets., instead it was a woman with a herd of cats. Calypso shook her head and said pityingly, "Oh honey, that's just advertising that you're a crazy cat lady."
Later in the day she was perplexed while filling out a job application because there were more than the standard two choices under "gender." I asked what the choices were. She informed me she was to choose between "do not wish to respond," male, female, and the one that really got her...Canadian applicant. I suggested perhaps the Canadians, who seem to be more sensibly progressive than we are, have decided that knowing an applicant's gender is irrelevant and not a question allowed to be asked. (I have no idea but I couldn't make any better sense of it.*) Calypso was unconvinced. "Nope, I figure it's because for the winter months no one can tell what gender anyone is under all the necessary layers of clothes anyway so no one cares."
*Any Canadian readers who wish to illumine us on this matter are most welcome to share an explanation.