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For those who feel that identifying yourself as either male or female is too limiting, Facebook now claims to offer 56 new gender options. In addition to such binary categories as male and female, you can be “agender,” “androgyne,” “androgynous,” “Cis,” “gender fluid,” “intersex,” “two-spirit,” “non-binary” — which sounds like something a Facebook coder might choose — a series of variations on “transgender,” and many more. (Click here for a full list.)

Kudos for Facebook for recognizing greater nuance in its users. (You can find out how to customize your sex by visiting Facebook’s Diversity page.) After all, who among us is just one thing? But why stop there? To celebrate Valentine’s Day, why not open up the options for another indicator that reflects who we truly are: “relationship status.”

For now, Faceboook offers the following relationship status options:

Single
In a relationship
Engaged
Married
In a civil union
In a domestic partnership
In an open relationship
It’s complicated
Separated
Divorced
Widowed

How about adding these 27 sub-categories:

Happily single
Miserably single
Single, lonely, and addicted to porn
Single but online dating
Single with cats
Single, celibate, trying not to think about sex
In a good relationship
In a bad relationship
In a relationship but cheat whenever I think my partner won’t find out
We’re in couples counseling :(
I belief in long engagements
Gotta get married before the baby comes
Arranged marriage
Same-sex marriage
Gender-fluid marriage
Role reversal marriage
Marriage of convenience
Married with pre-nup
Married with no pre-nup
We stay together for the sake of the kids
In an uncivil union
We both cheat
It’s really complicated
Ugh! Don’t ask
Separated but not sure where we’re headed
Happily separated, pre-divorce
Finally got rid of that asshole

Feel free to add your own nominees in the comments. Who knows? Maybe Facebook will include them on your “about” page pull-down menu.