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Sarahbeth Caplin
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Finally joined the 21st century with an official mailing list! If you like my books, blog, and cute cats, please subscribe: http://eepurl.com/bYWHYP

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Educated Americans know that racism and intolerance didn’t just appear when Trump ran for president. What sheltered, suburban kids like me are now shocked to see is the lack of shame people have when expressing that intolerance – how some go so far as to assume that anyone appearing white will agree with their views. If you are on the right side of history, you have a responsibility to show that that assumption is flat wrong.

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"For years, I was the kind of pro-lifer who believed that the abortion issue could best be solved if it were treated like other kinds of murder: outlawed in all fifty states, the assailant(s) arrested and thrown in jail. Not until I became a ‘suspect’ (or so I might have been, had this happened in Texas in the not-so-distant future) did I realize the holes in my rhetoric; the vehemently anti-life effect it would have had on countless women, their children, and families."

https://sbethcaplin.com/2016/12/01/the-trip-to-the-er-that-changed-my-mind/

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New post: "It’s hard to explain how much of a gut-punch it is to read posts from people who know about your past – people who might have told you they believe you, and insisted that what happened to you wasn’t your fault – and still find a way to excuse confessions of assault as “guy talk,” “lewd comments,” or my favorite, “mean things.” At this point, a line has been crossed. We are no longer in the land of “agreeing to disagree” when sexual assault is involved. No, this time, it’s too personal to do that.

What Would a Mature Adult Do?"

https://sbethcaplin.com/2016/10/19/wwamad-what-would-a-mature-adult-do/

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New post (finally!): "I can’t change the world, but I can take better care of myself, so at least I am in good condition to make changes when the opportunity arises. I can drag my tired self into the shower and eat healthy meals. I can read good books. I can light candles and drink tea. I can go back to writing handwritten notes of encouragement and mail them out to friends who won’t be expecting them. I can cuddle my adorable cats, who believe the world is their catnip-laced oyster.

I can make the world better by first making myself better. And that’s all I can handle for right now. I’ve used my platform to speak out against injustice in the past, only to be met with hateful, trolling comments in return, effectively scaring me away from speaking out again (at least in the near future). But it’s not as if I didn’t know that speaking up has consequences; I was just ill-prepared to handle them. I want to be counted as one of the “good guys” on the right side of history, but I’m not quite the brave activist I thought I was. I’m not sure what else I can do."

https://sbethcaplin.com/2016/09/15/when-home-is-a-hell-bound-handbasket/

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I took the liberty of removing myself from a Christian blog group today, because I don’t have an “off” button when responding to theological viewpoints I find triggering; particularly the “God saved me from” rhetoric. I figured it was only a matter of time before the moderators removed me anyway.

Maybe it’s impossible to critique a religious viewpoint without sounding as if you are critiquing the person holding it, because faith is integral to a Christian’s identity. I get that. And the internet isn’t always the best venue for these discussions, when tone and inflection are lost behind a screen. I never know if the fault is the group itself, for being unable to handle dissension and disagreement no matter how politely stated, or if it’s just me, and not coming across as polite as I intend to be.

https://sbethcaplin.com/2016/08/15/made-for-another-world-but-not-like-lewis-intended/

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