The Crassmas season rolls merrily along, with both the worthy and the worthless piling up like drifts of snow off the lake. Today, a slight departure, as the choice comes down to a) alleviating a friend or family member of the crushing burden of grinding pepper manually, or b) starting a REVOLUTION.
In this corner -- the Cole & Mason electric salt and pepper mill. A nickel shy of a Franklin. A lot to pay for a pepper mill that will not work as well as the Tom David Magnum, the DC-3 of pepper mills, the which you can get from the Mack. And salt mills, as far as I can tell, are a snare and a delusion, as what makes salt salty is salt, and not volatile compounds as with pepper or coffee.
In the other corner: A REVOLUTION. For one hundred dollars? Yes. The ladies behind Nashville Femme are looking for a button maker, which runs about a hundo, they say. What do they need it for? The following:
- Promoting women's sexual, mental, emotional & physical health!
- Getting y'all involved in the artistic culture of Nashville!
- Abolishing the negativity surrounding the word "FEMINISM"*
- Promoting a DIY/zine culture in Nashville
They raise money for these folks, and generally promote mental and physical health for women and girls in a neck of the woods where not too many folks are doing so. You can learn more on the Facebooks. If they had buttons to distribute, it would help them do that. What will the buttons say? Buy them a button maker and find out. If you want to play Santa, and smash the patriarchy at the same time, kick an email to nashvillefemme at the gmail dot com - you will be glad you did.
*My Christmas wish every Christmas is for a semester where I do not hear "I'm not a feminist or anything..." from one of those in-college, shoe-owning, non-pregnant kids that I teach.