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USCU Lesbian Professor Lisa Johnson Described ‘Serious Mental Illness’

Posted on | March 31, 2014 | 93 Comments

Professor Merri Lisa Johnson.

The director of the University of South Carolina Upstate (USCU) Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS) suffers from a “serious mental illness” and in 2010 described herself as a “newlywed lesbian” whose partner was apparently her former student.

Professor Merri Lisa Johnson published a 2010 book about her struggles with borderline personality disorder. The description of her partner in that book appears to fit a young “butch” lesbian who graduated from USCU in 2008, two years after Professor Johnson joined the faculty of the school in Spartanburg, S.C.

USCU became the focus of controversy when it was reported that the school would host a performance of “How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” next week as part of the CWGS-hosted symposium, “Bodies of Knowledge.” When asked by Campus Reform reporter Lauren Cooley “what percentage of the funding” for the symposium “was coming from the university,” Professor Johnson replied: “Until you call and ask how much money has been spent on heterosexual literature, I’m not going to answer that question.”

In her 2010 book, Girl in Need of a Tourniquet: Memoir of a Borderline Personality, Professor Johnson describes herself as a “psycho girlfriend” with a history of dysfunctional relationships with both men and women: “Johnson combines her late-in-life coming out story (between ages 31-37) with the story of what amounts to a nervous breakdown as the result of an affair with a married lesbian colleague.” That affair “prompted her to seek professional help,” apparently around the time Professor Johnson  left Coastal Carolina University to become director of USCU-CWGS in 2006. An article about the book describes Professor Johnson:

A newlywed lesbian-after-marriage, Johnson currently resides in South Carolina with her partner Stace and their two loyal shih tzus.  The mixed species pack of four shares a 1920s-era craftsman bungalow fondly known among family and friends as The Haney-Johnson Halfway House for the Bright but Broken-Hearted.

Stacey Haney was one of Professor Johnson’s most honored students at USCU, receiving one of four Campus Consciousness-Raising Awards for the 2006-2007 school year and also winning an Award for Scholarly Achievement in Women’s and Gender Studies for the 2007-08 school year. Professor Johnson selected the annual CWGS award winners in her role as the center’s director. Haney served as president of the student group Upstate Feminists, and in 2008 presented a paper at the Wofford College Conference on Gender entitled, “Butch is Back: The Marginalization of Butch Feminists Across the Feminist and Queer Communities.” Haney, who graduated from USCU in December 2008, subsequently served as a teaching assistant at CWGS and in 2009-2010 took graduate courses at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, researching “new theoretical approaches for understanding transgendered identity and embodiment.”

Professor Johnson has edited feminist anthologies, including Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire (2002) and Third Wave Feminism and Television: Jane Puts It in a Box (2007).

In an article last fall, Professor Johnson described her “queer feminist insistence on the importance, validity, and complexity of women’s pleasure” and her “Marxist feminist distrust of pleasure under patriarchy,” adding that “teaching Women’s and Gender Studies 101 since fall 2006 . . . has firmed up my radical side.”

The National Institutes for Mental Health describes borderline personality disorder (BPD) as “a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behavior, and relationships. . . . People with this disorder also have high rates of co-occurring disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders, along with self-harm, suicidal behaviors, and completed suicides.”



93 Responses to “USCU Lesbian Professor Lisa Johnson Described ‘Serious Mental Illness’”

  1. Dana
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    That’s because the left have done an absolutely excellent job in co-opting the definition. When feminism meant seeking equality of opportunity and compensation for women, most people saw that is simple fairness. In that way, Sarah Palin is a feminist in that she had an equal opportunity to run for Governor of Alaska, and give the voters their chance to decide; once elected, she was paid the same as a male Governor would have been.

    That would be the definition of a conservative feminist: a belief in equal opportunity. What the “professional feminists” have done is to convert the definition into one in which women are supposed to be guaranteed success, and protected from men and normal sexuality.

  2. Dana
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:55 am

    Whew! If you hadn’t edited out that one word, I just know that I’d have had to denounce you!

  3. robertstacymccain
    April 1st, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    To continue the thought: Conservative women who mistakenly embrace the “feminist” label usually do so because they think of the word as synonymous with female professional achievement (wrong) or with respect for women (wrong again).

    Feminists (i.e., Marxist lesbians) have done a splendid job of indoctrinating young women into believing that all men are their enemies, so that a collective movement of identity politics is necessary for women to achieve anything.

    From this deliberate disinformation, women get the wrong idea that they are feminists fighting “sexual harassment” and “discrimination” in group solidarity, rather than individuals experiencing commonplace rudeness and unfairness — human nature — which cannot be eliminated by coercion, but which serve the Left as permanent grievances in the same way as poverty and racism.

    The Left never solves problems. Rather, the Left exploits problems. Once you understand that, their propaganda cannot influence you.

  4. scarymatt
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    Exploits, imagines, exacerbates, creates, aggravates, devises, manufactures, magnifies, astroturfs, inflames…

    I’m sure I’ve missed some, but as you say, “solves” or “helps with” are surely not on the list.

  5. Rosalie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    Seriously, I think you should write a book about the perverts in our schools.

  6. Bob Belvedere
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:41 am

    In truth, ‘Stace’ is less faggy sounding than ‘Stacy’ – I have a niece named Stacy.

  7. RS
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    It is the semantic problem inherent in words like “equality” and “fairness.” Because they can connote so many different things–ear of the listener, as it were–they can be used/misused with abandon. The Left is particularly adept at this, of course, in order to assume control of the populace by using people’s misunderstanding of the terms being used.

    The starting point of any discussion about any topic of import should be on defining important terms, because unless there is agreement on the definitions, there can be no real agreement on any conclusions. It’s what Jeff Goldstein talks about in his posts on language.

  8. ThomasD
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    Personality disorders are really not illness in the classical sense (a specific condition that prevents your body or mind from working normally.)

    Most people with personality disorders have minds that function just fine, they are merely varying degrees of assholes.

    And, like all assholes, there is no effective treatment that can substantially alter their personality – you are what you are.

    Not that there is no reason to try to be better, more that having a ‘diagnosis’ tends one towards having an excuse.

  9. richard mcenroe
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Idi Amin’s medals had less variety…and more authenticity.

  10. richard mcenroe
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Am I wrong or is she demanding MEN do more of the “emotional labor” she doesn’t want to do, to accommodate her?

  11. Kirby McCain
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:59 am

    Personality disorders are the result of willful behavior.

  12. Kirby McCain
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:04 am

    Well it’s not funny. And strange doesn’t quite capture the nuance I wished to communicate. Ok, I’m denounced. Crap.

  13. Kirby McCain
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    Shit that’s a woman!

  14. ThomasD
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:09 am

    Yes and no. To be perceived personality disorders require some sort of exhibited behavior. But disorder can exist in the absence of exhibited behavior.

    Many disorders start with a misunderstanding or misapprehension of external stimuli. Cluster A disorders (Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal) being the classic examples. But also being the classic discriminants, since the disorders do not rise to the level of the mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

    The important thing to remember is that these personality traits are things we ALL possess to one degree or another. It is only when the trait appears so strongly that it begins to adversely affect the person’s function that it gets deemed a ‘disorder.’

    There are plenty of personality disorder tests available on line. Take one or two and you’ll see what type of tendencies you may posses. You’ll probably also recognize that you’ve ‘been that way’ for most if not all of your remembered life (barring any major trauma or life altering events.)

  15. ThomasD
    April 1st, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    Given that the percentage of gay people who report some form of childhood sexual abuse is substantially higher than the rest of the population that correlation is not surprising.

  16. keyboard jockey
    April 1st, 2014 @ 12:38 pm

    ” it was reported that the school would host a performance of “How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less” next week”

    They couldn’t use “Girl Interrupter” for the title, because of copyright infringement?/

    I have seen this movie too.

  17. pabarge
    April 1st, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    Feminism is a culture of gender hate.

  18. pabarge
    April 1st, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

    Do you think I could attend? I’ve long thought that I am a Lesbian trapped in a Man’s body. Call me “tranny”.

  19. keyboard jockey
    April 1st, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

    They aren’t real feminist they are Stalinist. The goal is the break down of the nuclear family.

  20. Dana
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Heartily denounced, sir, heartily! Maybe even robustly!

    Yes, yes, I know: I can tell from here how much this upsets you, but I’m sure that, with adequate and loving Multicultural Sensitivity Training, you can fix what is so very, very wrong with you.

  21. Dana
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    And I have a sister named Stacey.

  22. Rosalie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

    Maybe many of those problems stem from not accepting who they are. I believe there’s a high suicidal rate among gays.

  23. Rosalie
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    When O was invited to give the commencement speech at Notre Dame, students refused to go to the commencement and donors threatened not give money. The administration did what they wanted to anyway.

  24. londondave
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

    Full on nut balls.

    These people are ALL mentally disturbed.

    “Professor” bangs student. “Professor” constantly gives student she’s banging “awards”.

  25. robertstacymccain
    April 1st, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

    Honestly, I have no idea what she means. Remember, she works in an ALL-FEMALE department of a UNIVERSITY where the faculty is dominated by LIBERALS.

    So … who are these people trying to impose the burden of “emotional labor” on her?

    It damn sure ain’t right-wing GOP theocrats, but this is how feminism works, see? Whatever pisses you off becomes a grievance against the scapegoated oppressors, even if they had nothing to do with the source of your grievance.

  26. Jeanette Victoria
    April 1st, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Liberalism is the end result of group borderline personality disorder

  27. Paul H. Lemmen
    April 1st, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    Wasn’t Karl Marx a White Privileged Cis-Male member of the Heteronormative Patriarchy? If feminists follow his theories, are they not self-defeating the feminist movement?

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  29. K-Bob
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    Well, it’s only proper to leave ’em with a little somethin’.

  30. K-Bob
    April 1st, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

    I agree with everything but the “always” part.

    Marxism lives to co-opt things. It co-opted feminism. Marxists aren’t really smart enough to start something on their own.

  31. cmdr358
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    Who’s that dude?

  32. cmdr358
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    Sie den Schutz der Heiligkeit ihrer reinen lesbischen Gesellschaft.

  33. cmdr358
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    Holy Shiite!
    I thought you were kidding. I just googled or up and read an article about it.
    Makes me proud to admit that I’m from Floriduh.

  34. cmdr358
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

    Is that Mary Daly dressed up?

  35. cmdr358
    April 1st, 2014 @ 9:52 pm

    No, in, no, no, no.
    Only bona fide pure lesbians allowed.

  36. Kirby McCain
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:18 pm

    I swear I thought that was one of those cuckoo male feminist.

  37. cmdr358
    April 1st, 2014 @ 10:27 pm

    I thought Mary Daly had taken a shower and brushed her teeth.

  38. K-Bob
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 3:34 am


  39. Rosalie
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    “It Takes a Village” and schools with perverts to indoctrinate.

  40. Ignatius Reilly
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Sitting on a Lifesaver and telling me the flavor.

  41. Rob Crawford
    April 2nd, 2014 @ 11:31 pm

    Or maybe they don’t want to be gay, and it’s become illegal to help them through that choice.

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  43. politics_right
    May 24th, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    Aren’t borderline personalities dangerous? Univ. prof “psycho GF”