// Are you ready to join the club?
From the names of our collections, our empowering labels or the anti-casting, we've had one mission from the start; empowering all of us to embrace our individuality through storytelling. Launching a book club feels like a natural progression!
🇫🇷 Le Book Club n'est pour l'instant disponible qu'en Anglais mais vous êtes toujours invité à nous joindre si cela ne vous dérange pas !
🌍 The Book Club is currently only available in English but you're welcome to join wherever you're from!
// Here is how it works
1. The sign up
Signing up will give you access to the Club's newsletter as well as our monthly online meetup.
Signing up is free but we do offer to donate to the Sekool Foundation to help them run their education programs. More information at the bottom of the page.
2. You recommend the books
Each month, we set a theme inspired by one of the underarguments' topic.
You can suggest books for any theme you like. See upcoming topics below.
At the end of each month, you are invited to vote for your favourite book.
3. What's better than 1 book?
On the 1st of each month, we reveal the 3 most voted for books so you can purchase the book of your choice.
We want to give ourselves more than 1 perspective so instead of all reading the same book, you can choose one of the 3.
4. Time to chat
We meet online every last Wednesday of the month for about 90 minutes. A panel of 3 members, each representing one of the books, introduces the session in which we explore the angles developed in the books and chat about personal experiences with members and special guests.
As a new initiative that we want community-led, we welcome any feedback you may have to make the club better for all!
// The Membership
// What we are currently reading
Inspired by no.02 For identity // Against stereotypes
Discussion point: What does diversity actually mean and in what way does its representation matter?
I know my own mind. I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way. These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.
Matthew Syed's phenomenal bestseller will change the way you think about success - forever. Rebel Ideas examines the power of 'cognitive diversity' - the ability to think differently about the world around us. It explains how to harness our unique perspectives, pool our collective intelligence and tackle the greatest challenges of our age - from climate change to terrorism.
A groundbreaking collection of first-person writing on the joys and challenges of the modern disability experience: Disability Visibility brings together the voices of activists, authors, lawyers, politicians, artists, and everyday people whose daily lives are, in the words of playwright Neil Marcus, “an art… an ingenious way to live.”
// Upcoming Themes
Inspired by no.05 For loving // Against conforming
Discussion point: From relationship preferences to kinky sex through asexuality and everything in between... Why so much stigma on intimacy and how does fighting it benefit us all?
Inspired by no.04 For sexy // Against sexism
Discussion point: What can we learn from notable women about overcoming sexism on their way to success whilst owning their individual definitions of sensuality, sexuality and femininity?
Get your membership You'll be able to vote for your favourite books for next month's theme and join our conversations. We look forward to having you with us!
Inspired by the themes? Join us!
You'll be able to vote for your favourite books for next month's theme and join our conversations. We look forward to having you with us!
See All Themes & Suggest Books All our underarguments will turn into book club themes, eventually. There are more themes in preparation, you can find them and suggest books on the link below.
Have books to suggest for other themes?
All our underarguments will turn into book club themes, eventually. There are more themes in preparation, you can find them and suggest books on the link below.
// An initiative that gives both ways
You might already know about Sekool, our factory's foundation in Madagascar. They run educational programs aiming to fill the knowledge gap that prevents some of the local impoverished children from integrating the public school system.
To run, the school needs to fund approximately £135 per kid per year. Covid-19 made it difficult for the school to continue running with a full staff and obtain funding, which means some children are currently unable to attend.
Every little help so we wanted to contribute to raising awareness and funds for them through the book club. You can select your donation amount when signing up for your membership. Of course, you can also become a member for free without donating!
Every donator will be given a discount to shop on the underargument:
If you would like to donate directly to Sekool, please head to their site (site in French).
Donations Collected: £115
Should you wish to stop your membership, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also unsubscribe directly from the club's newsletters by clicking the link in the footer.
You choose! Although it is likely we read non-fiction and autobiographical work in most cases. You can influence the books we read by making book suggestions and voting for your favourites.
Of course! You are more than welcome to join the meetup even if you have not read one of the month's book. The moderators will summarise the author's angles and it is a chance to hear from our guest speakers too.
You are also welcome to share your story even if you don't have the chance to finish one of the month's books. You can either email us at email@example.com so we can organise time in the session for you or you are welcome to participate when we open the chat to the audience.
Yes! You can suggest books based on our themes (our underarguments) here.
Members suggest books and vote for the ones we will read so it is hard to tell what cost to expect but a good average should be around £5 for the eBook version and £10 for the paperback. Do check out local book swap groups and second-hand books online or in libraries for more affordable options.
We meet the last Wednesday of every month on Zoom (or an equivalent platform) for approximately 90 minutes of discussions on the month's topic. A panel of 3 members, each representing one of the books, moderates the session in which we'll explore the angles developed in the books and chat about personal experiences with members and special guests.
Of course! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your recommendations.
Of course! If you'd like to share a personal story on the theme we're reading or would like to join as one of our moderators for the month, please email us at email@example.com.
Your full donation is given to Sekool, minus the bank processing fee (max 4%). We will endeveour to update regularly on the school through the book club's newsletter.
You can reach us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any of your queries or recommendations.