Link List #108: Sri Lanka’s first all female surf club, poop on the moon, and the new nature documentary that makes for uncomfortable watching

This week we’ve been reading about the Arugam Bay surf club that is redefining what it means to be a woman in Sri-Lanka, how feces left on the moon may be the key to discovering whether humans will ever be able to survive in space, and the new Netflix nature documentary that reminds viewers of humanity’s irreversible impact on the environment.

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Surfer Magazine talks to the founders of Sri Lanka’s first officially registered all female surf club about how they are challenging gender norms and “breaking the mould of what a typical woman in Sri Lanka looks like.”

Launched late last year, Perfect Mag is an L.A.-based online magazine for young women which discusses the shifting nature of femininity. In their latest cultural essay they chart the history of “camp” in fashion, which dates back to the courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV.

While David Bowie famously questioned whether there was life on Mars, this week Vox contemplated life on the moon. Reflecting on the fact that the Apollo missions have left a total of 96 bags of human waste on the moon, this article posits that going “back for that shit” and seeing whether any of the human microbes are still alive would help scientists establish the possibility of human survival in space.

Originally released in 1980, Hitoshi Yazaki’s Afternoon Breezes broke new ground in Japan’s LGBTQIA+ film scene with its pioneering portrayal of a young lesbian’s unrequited love for her roommate. A digitally restored version film has been screened in Shinjuku cinemas this month, and in this interview in The Japan Times, Yazaki reflects on the creation of his 39-year-old debut film.

Netflix’s big-budget Our Planet may be narrated by everyone’s favourite wildlife presenter, but it is nothing like any other David Attenborough programme you’ve seen before. Instead, the big-budget nature documentary makes for uncomfortable watching as it constantly reminds viewers that the beautiful scenes presented are imperilled by human action. Find out more on The Atlantic.

In their latest editorial The Tehran Times take on plastic surgery. Exploring the subject from a different angle Plastic Tehran aims to subvert the opinion that cosmetic surgery is dangerously addictive, and argues that the decision to preserve (or not to preserve) the natural state of the body is a personal choice.

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Text: Emily May