Re: @King Jack:
"I made a joke, got called a terrible sexist and explained that no dearie *, it was actually to be taken in jest."
Whenever I find myself in such a situation I pull out (wait for it...) my old "illogical series of events" story which usually stumps them all evening (I'm usually in a pub). At the end of the evening, they're all still stumped and demanding I reveal the answer. You should see their faces when I tell them the doctor is a woman!
Paris: definitely a woman. (or is she...)