I read an article yesterday that featured 15 D.C. power couples. Most of the people mentioned had common names (e.g. Cathy, Katie, Tom, Chris). One name did fake me out, though.
Right after a section about Jeremy Bernard and Rufus Gifford (two men), there was a section about Antony Blinken and Evan Ryan (not two men — Evan is a female).
My first question was: Why would the writer place Antony and Evan right after the only same-sex couple? Is he purposefully trying confuse readers?
And, going beyond the placement issue: Do you think the growing visibility of same-sex couples could drive parents to start curbing their use of male and dual-gender names for female babies? (To avoid mix-ups like the one I experienced?)