Critical Thinking and experiences of women who have suffered female genital mutilation: A case study

  • José Siles-González
  • María Reig-Alcaraz
  • Ana Noreña-Peña
  • Carmen Solano-Ruiz
Keywords: Dialectical structural model of care, Qualitative research, Female genital mutilation, Critical thinking.


Identifying the factors that affect Female Genital Mutilation and its impact through the experiences of women who have suffered it is our objetive. The paradigm of departure is the sociocritical. Methodologically, the in- depth interview and Dialectical Structural Model of Care were used. Results: the patriarchally regulated culture is the breeding ground of this "tradition" that has a very marked socializing component in diverse cultures and religions. The option of refusing to experience this practice leads to the absolute marginalization of the "rebellious" woman and also her family. The habitus and the logical conformism facilitate the maintenance of female genital mutilation as a rite of passage with an institutional character that is subjectively and socially accepted. Conclusions: the essential tool to combat female genital mutilation is the critical thinking in the context of transculturality that favors the opening of the feminine world to plural ways of thinking.