The Cougar Press

Got consent?

Infographic by: Yasmin Myers

Anna Guerra and Yasmin Myers

March 15, 2020

Whether single or not, there are important guidelines to know when it comes to consent. Consent is a crucial part of any interaction, especially when it comes to sexual activities. According to Planned Parenthood, consent is defined as “when a person freely agrees to do something.” Sexual consent...

Under pressure: Are you and your significant other sexually active?

Under pressure: Are you and your significant other sexually active?

Tatum Luoma

March 15, 2020

Nationwide, the number of teenagers having sex has decreased, and this trend is mirrored at Ventura High School.  High school is a stressful time for a lot of students, and for a lot of reasons. On top of homework and tests, students face their peers and often feel pressured to be in a relationship, hav...

Losing your virginity- when is the right time?

Losing your virginity- when is the right time?

Jocelyn Lee

March 15, 2020

Ventura High School students’ opinions on the stigma of when you should lose your virginity. Losing your virginity can be nerve racking. Some teenagers view losing your virginity as a passageway to maturity, while others may want to get their first time over with. With emotions and temptations that ...

California bill punishes sending unsolicited nudes

California bill punishes sending unsolicited nudes

Charlotte D'Orsi

March 15, 2020

Many VHS students have received unsolicited nude photos and repercussions for the senders could be severe. It is common knowledge that sending sexually explicit photos of minors is illegal, however, out of 768 Ventura High School students, 28% claim to have sent sexually explicit photos or videos to...

Does social media influence what we perceive as attractive?

Does social media influence what we perceive as attractive?

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz

March 13, 2020

Social media standards are impressionable on the self image of today’s teens. Upon opening up their phones, the eyes of teens are exposed to seemingly “flawless” faces, figures, and lives, often creating a false sense of reality. Celebrities, peers, and influencers use platforms such as Instagram...

Abuse: VHS speaks their mind

Jealousy, possessiveness, and the controlling of behaviors are just some of the

Katie Medina and Riley Ramirez

March 12, 2020

Resources at VHS are here to assess abusive relationships. [dropcap size=small]P[/dropcap]hysical and verbal abuse in consensual or non-consensual relationships is a recurring issue throughout partnerships ranging from adolescents to adults. Abuse is defined by the National Domestic Violence Association a...

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