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These Founders Explain The Power of Giftless Giving

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Don't give gifts, give meaning. As we grow wiser, we understand that a life well-lived is marked by the lives we touched, not by the number of gifts we receive or the cocktails we consume. There is another way- #gogiftless. Bridge2Act matches you with some amazing charities that represent your values, and create a unique donation link for you to share with your friends, family, and random Internet friends.


You give. The nonprofits receive.

The co-founders, Hitha and Samira give you some important reasons why you should #gogiftless not just for this holiday season but all year long, yes for birthdays, baptisms, anniversaries and just to tell someone you care.

Save the planet.

Gifting a donation requires absolutely no wrapping, wasteful packaging, and takes up zero room in your suitcase when you travel home for the holidays. You’re saving the planet AND have more room for shoes.

Holiday shopping sucks. A lot. Think about the hours you spend searching for perfect gifts, braving the crowds and the bad weather, only to discover that your mom bought that book for herself already.

Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the headache of delivery delays, traffic, and stress over finding the only thing your father doesn’t own? Yes, yes it would.

Give Impact.

While you can’t imagine starting the year without the latest Fitbit, chances are it’s going to end up collecting dust in a drawer by March. Now imagine the impact if that money was donated - aid to refugees, soap being distributed to entire villages in Burma, or a girl’s tuition for a year could have been provided. Trust us- nothing will make you feel better than helping out a fellow human!

Be mindful.

A mindfulness practice is much more than sitting still for 5 minutes and focusing on your breath. It’s about being aware of what’s going on in the world, and taking small actions to make it a better place. Jump start your mindfulness resolution early by gifting donations to loved ones for the holidays. It may sound cliché, but one small step can help you be the change you want to see.

Our world is so much bigger than the town, city, and country we live in. All around the world, so many people lack the basic essentials we have. It’s important to be a global citizen - educate yourself on what’s going on, and take small actions to improve the lives of others.

Set an example.

The little ones in your life look up to you - literally and figuratively. Set a strong example by gifting them a donation and deciding what organization to donate to together. Not only will you be teaching them the importance of giving back, you’ll help them find the causes and organizations they’re passionate about.

Gifting a donation is easy. Really easy. You can make donations for your loved ones while catching up on your recorded shows, drinking a glass of wine, with a face mask slapped on. Multitasking FTW.

What is the value of $20? For your mom, it could be a pair of pajamas she doesn’t really need - or it could provide a medical examination for a girl who’s been rescued from sex trafficking. What would make the world a better place?

Because you don’t need any more stuff. You don’t. You really don’t.

NO.GIFTS does the hard work for you - vets the charities transfers 100% of your donation to them in real time and delivers a beautiful card to your loved one informing them of your impact.

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A Modern Day Witch Hunt: How Caster Semenya's Gender Became A Hot Topic In The Media

Gender divisions in sports have primarily served to keep women out of what has always been believed to be a male domain. The idea of women participating alongside men has been regarded with contempt under the belief that women were made physically inferior.


Within their own division, women have reached new heights, received accolades for outstanding physical performance and endurance, and have proven themselves to be as capable of athletic excellence as men. In spite of women's collective fight to be recognized as equals to their male counterparts, female athletes must now prove their womanhood in order to compete alongside their own gender.

That has been the reality for Caster Semenya, a South African Olympic champion, who has been at the center of the latest gender discrimination debate across the world. After crushing her competition in the women's 800-meter dash in 2016, Semenya was subjected to scrutiny from her peers based upon her physical appearance, calling her gender into question. Despite setting a new national record for South Africa and attaining the title of fifth fastest woman in Olympic history, Semenya's success was quickly brushed aside as she became a spectacle for all the wrong reasons.

Semenya's gender became a hot topic among reporters as the Olympic champion was subjected to sex testing by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). According to Ruth Padawer from the New York Times, Semenya was forced to undergo relentless examination by gender experts to determine whether or not she was woman enough to compete as one. While the IAAF has never released the results of their testing, that did not stop the media from making irreverent speculations about the athlete's gender.

Moments after winning the Berlin World Athletics Championship in 2009, Semenya was faced with immediate backlash from fellow runners. Elisa Cusma who suffered a whopping defeat after finishing in sixth place, felt as though Semenya was too masculine to compete in a women's race. Cusma stated, "These kind of people should not run with us. For me, she is not a woman. She's a man." While her statement proved insensitive enough, her perspective was acknowledged and appeared to be a mutually belief among the other white female competitors.

Fast forward to 2018, the IAAF issued new Eligibility Regulations for Female Classification (Athlete with Differences of Sexual Development) that apply to events from 400m to the mile, including 400m hurdles races, 800m, and 1500m. The regulations created by the IAAF state that an athlete must be recognized at law as either female or intersex, she must reduce her testosterone level to below 5 nmol/L continuously for the duration of six months, and she must maintain her testosterone levels to remain below 5 nmol/L during and after competing so long as she wishes to be eligible to compete in any future events. It is believed that these new rules have been put into effect to specifically target Semenya given her history of being the most recent athlete to face this sort of discrimination.

With these regulations put into effect, in combination with the lack of information about whether or not Semenya is biologically a female of male, society has seemed to come to the conclusion that Semenya is intersex, meaning she was born with any variation of characteristics, chromosomes, gonads, sex hormones, or genitals. After her initial testing, there had been alleged leaks to media outlets such as Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper which stated that Semenya's results proved that her testosterone levels were too high. This information, while not credible, has been widely accepted as fact. Whether or not Semenya is intersex, society appears to be missing the point that no one is entitled to this information. Running off their newfound acceptance that the Olympic champion is intersex, it calls into question whether her elevated levels of testosterone makes her a man.

The IAAF published a study concluding that higher levels of testosterone do, in fact, contribute to the level of performance in track and field. However, higher testosterone levels have never been the sole determining factor for sex or gender. There are conditions that affect women, such as PCOS, in which the ovaries produce extra amounts of testosterone. However, those women never have their womanhood called into question, nor should they—and neither should Semenya.

Every aspect of the issue surrounding Semenya's body has been deplorable, to say the least. However, there has not been enough recognition as to how invasive and degrading sex testing actually is. For any woman, at any age, to have her body forcibly examined and studied like a science project by "experts" is humiliating and unethical. Under no circumstances have Semenya's health or well-being been considered upon discovering that her body allegedly produces an excessive amount of testosterone. For the sake of an organization, for the comfort of white female athletes who felt as though Semenya's gender was an unfair advantage against them, Semenya and other women like her, must undergo hormone treatment to reduce their performance to that of which women are expected to perform at. Yet some women within the athletic community are unphased by this direct attempt to further prove women as inferior athletes.

As difficult as this global invasion of privacy has been for the athlete, the humiliation and sense of violation is felt by her people in South Africa. Writer and activist, Kari, reported that Semenya has had the country's undying support since her first global appearance in 2009. Even after the IAAF released their new regulations, South Africans have refuted their accusations. Kari stated, "The Minister of Sports and Recreation and the Africa National Congress, South Africa's ruling party labeled the decision as anti-sport, racist, and homophobic." It is no secret that the build and appearance of Black women have always been met with racist and sexist commentary. Because Black women have never managed to fit into the European standard of beauty catered to and in favor of white women, the accusations of Semenya appearing too masculine were unsurprising.

Despite the countless injustices Semenya has faced over the years, she remains as determined as ever to return to track and field and compete amongst women as the woman she is. Her fight against the IAAF's regulations continues as the Olympic champion has been receiving and outpour of support in wake of the Association's decision. Semenya is determined to run again, win again, and set new and inclusive standards for women's sports.