Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis


Organizational Studies

Reader 1

Jeffrey C. Lewis

Reader 2

Nancy Macko

Rights Information

© 2014 Claire Courtney


The state of global health and wellbeing is threatened by the pervasive and dangerous decision to engage in unprotected sex. Only male or female condoms can prevent the spread of both sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies. Despite this, condoms remain dangerously underused because of the perception that they diminish sexual pleasure. The pleasure gap in the design and promotion of condoms cripples sexual health outcomes. Acknowledging and harnessing the power of pleasure in sexual-decision making is key to increasing condom use.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.