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Daniella Mestyanek Young

Uncultured

Tamara’s story is heartbreaking and extreme, but also a deeply revealing tale of the truth of child marriage and religious labor trafficking that is the fate of way too many children, in the US and throughout the world. As a child of trafficking myself, I appreciate the boldness with which Tamara tells her story, and the delicateness with which she cares for the reader. I hope this book is widely read, to help people be able to better spot the signs of religious trafficking and abuse when they encounter it.

Daniella Mestyanek Young

Uncultured

Tamara’s story intersects with major issues at an urgent time, and she powerfully offers reminders of hope from the gravity of experience. Her unique voice brings highly relevant and personal context to confusing world issues we struggle to comprehend as a concerned society. But as a fellow survivor of patriarchal violence I know firsthand—what survivors hunger for most is to know a better life is within reach, and that happiness again is possible. In a time when exploited women and children need all the advocacy they can get, I look for authors like Tamara to help me understand what is beyond yet all-too familiar in fundamentalist and high-control religious regimes.

Tia Levings

Author of a A Well-Trained Wife: My Escape from Christian Patriarchy.

Tia Levings

Author of a A Well-Trained Wife: My Escape from Christian Patriarchy.

Tamara’s story intersects with major issues at an urgent time, and she powerfully offers reminders of hope from the gravity of experience. Her unique voice brings highly relevant and personal context to confusing world issues we struggle to comprehend as a concerned society. But as a fellow survivor of patriarchal violence I know firsthand—what survivors hunger for most is to know a better life is within reach, and that happiness again is possible. In a time when exploited women and children need all the advocacy they can get, I look for authors like Tamara to help me understand what is beyond yet all-too familiar in fundamentalist and high-control religious regimes.

Fraidy Reiss

United States-based activist against forced marriage, child marriage, and teenage marriage.

Tamara is a leading voice in the survivor-led movement to end forced and child marriage in the United States. She is fearless in standing with me and other survivors — at a chain-in protest in California, in a bridal gown and chains, and now in her powerful book — to tell her heartbreaking story and push for legal reform, so she can spare other girls the trauma she endured. I remain in awe of Tamara’s resiliency and eloquence, which are helping to drive the movement.

Fraidy Reiss

United States-based activist against forced marriage, child marriage, and teenage marriage.

Given everything Tamara has gone through she still manages to be one of my most joyful, optimistic, and purpose-centered guests. She has learned to command her nervous system, is in her purpose, and so consequently there’s a beautiful sparkle about her. She does things her way—I love that!

Tracy Otsuka

Tracy Otsuka, host of the #1 podcast ADHD for Smart Ass Women and the author of the book of the same name.

Tracy Otsuka

Tracy Otsuka, host of the #1 podcast ADHD for Smart Ass Women and the author of the book of the same name.

Given everything Tamara has gone through she still manages to be one of my most joyful, optimistic, and purpose-centered guests. She has learned to command her nervous system, is in her purpose, and so consequently there’s a beautiful sparkle about her. She does things her way—I love that!

Athena Dixon

Author of The Loneliness Files and The Incredible Shrinking Woman

With both clarity and finely honed language, Tamara MC takes care in revealing the lived experiences of both herself and those she profiles. There is no shortage of fierce honesty in her work, but all that she reveals is handled with care, sensitivity, and a sense of light. Covering a wide range of topics critical to the exploration of the self and society at large, Tamara’s work speaks keenly to the intersections and parallel lives of each of us.

Athena Dixon

Author of The Loneliness Files and The Incredible Shrinking Woman

I have been honored to interview Dr. Tamara on the Divorcing Religion Podcast, and to have her moderate The Childhood Marriage Panel at the Conference on Religious Trauma (CORT) in 2023. Dr. Tamara’s experience, education, and empathy made her an exceptional moderator for this painful yet important topic. I appreciate her skills as a writer, storyteller, listener, and leader.

Janice Selbie, RPC

Founder, Conference on Religious Trauma

Janice Selbie, RPC

Founder, Conference on Religious Trauma

I have been honored to interview Dr. Tamara on the Divorcing Religion Podcast, and to have her moderate The Childhood Marriage Panel at the Conference on Religious Trauma (CORT) in 2023. Dr. Tamara’s experience, education, and empathy made her an exceptional moderator for this painful yet important topic. I appreciate her skills as a writer, storyteller, listener, and leader.

Ashleigh Renard

Author of Swing
Tamara’s story shows us the intersection of high control religions and patriarchy and how, too often, children are collateral damage in the pursuit of power and influence. She demonstrates how faith can turn to manipulation, servitude, and abuse. She is a needed voice in our crucial collective conversations regarding agency, parental control, and keeping our youngest and most vulnerable citizens safe.

Ashleigh Renard

Author of Swing

“Tamara drops us into a strange, addictive world of spiritual power and the ways that power is warped and twisted around believers. CHILD BRIDE is a look inside Sufism and cults, true belief and rank opportunism, from a compelling and fragile narrator who grows into her own strength.”

Allison K William

Author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book and Brevity’s Social Media Editor

Allison K Williams

Author of Seven Drafts: Self-Edit Like a Pro from Blank Page to Book and Brevity’s Social Media Editor

“Tamara drops us into a strange, addictive world of spiritual power and the ways that power is warped and twisted around believers. CHILD BRIDE is a look inside Sufism and cults, true belief and rank opportunism, from a compelling and fragile narrator who grows into her own strength.”

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FAQ

How do you pronounce my name?

My name is pronounced:

“Tamara” like the sun will come out tomorrow.

“MC” like emcee, not McDonalds. 

My students often call me Doc MC, and you can too.

What is a Unicorn Activist?

Someone who believes in the magical strength of all girls, women, and female-identifying humans to live free in matriarchal magnificence.

 

And yes, I did make up this title. 

What's with all the pink? And Unicorns?

Pink is power. Unicorns represents our eternal search for magic. 

You deal with such a heavy topics but your website is so joyful. Why?

Joy is transgressive. Being joyful is activism.

 

“Joy and pain

Like sunshine and rain”

(From the lyrics of Rob Base.)

You mention girls and women. Are others welcome?

Absolutely!

 

This is an inclusive space, and anyone who supports our mission is welcome.

What's up with the Barbie theme?

I’ve loved Barbie since I was a little girl. She was able to do all the things I dreamed of before I was physically able. 

 

Barbie was my girl way before the movie premiered.

What do cults and unicorns have in common?

Absolutely nothing. That’s exactly why unicorns are the symbol of my brand and my website. Unicorns stand for freedom.