Johns Hopkins Unveils New Pronoun Guide

Johns Hopkins Unveils New Pronoun Guide

( – Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) is a multi-billion dollar global health organization and one of the leading healthcare systems serving the US. The organization operates 39 outpatient sites, six hospitals, and four healthcare and surgical centers. JHM has also been at the leading edge of woke culture, having created an Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity (DIHE) nearly a decade ago. JHM recently unveiled a new pronoun usage guide for employees at its numerous facilities.

Last year, the Johns Hopkins DIHE released its guidance sheet for use by all employees in the workplace. It contained a table comprised of eight so-called “gender-neutral pronouns” and two “gendered pronouns.” Additionally, the chart listed five usages of the pronouns for subjective, objective, possessive, possessive pronoun, and reflexive cases for a total of 50. The non-gendered pronouns included terms like ae, as in “AE clocked into work this morning” and “Ae cleaned the office all by aerself.”

Likewise, the usage guide included a list of appropriate titles. It listed the usual Mr., Miss, Ms., and Mrs. It added “Mx,” pronounced “mix” for use with “non-binary or gender-diverse people.”

It appears JHM isn’t the only institution adopting rules for pronoun usage. For example, it listed its source for the guidance as the University of Wisconsin’s “Pronouns… How To Guide” from its Milwaukee campus LGBTQ+ Resource Center. Likewise, the University of California, Davis, the National Institutes of Health, the New York Department of Social Services, and the City of Philadelphia have posted similar guidelines for pronoun and inclusive language usage, to name a few others.

The new pronoun usage program at JHM is not without its detractors. For instance, on May 31, Newsmax reported that University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus and former dean of curriculum, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, MD, noted that using pronouns associated with an individual’s self-identity instead of legal status could break down communication between doctors and patients.

Dr. Goldfarb suggested that using pronouns could imply an individual’s political perspective and ideological beliefs. He warned that this process could disrupt a healthy doctor-patient relationship.

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