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Ladies, if you dye your hair and can’t get a man, it’s because you’re a poisonous predator advertising your deadly intentions. That’s what one conservative man believes, and his pseudo-science is getting the thrashing of a lifetime over on Twitter.
Self-described trainer, writer, and ballet dancer Alexander Juan Antonio Cortes spends his time retweeting far-right Twitter users like Mike Cernovich, known for propagating the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. He is also a fan of slut-shaming women, navel-gazing about women, and talking non-stop about women. But Cortes’ tweets caught up with him this week after he wrote a steaming hot take on women’s “unnatural hair colors” and how hair dye is scientifically built to keep men away, apparently.
“Unnatural hair colors in woman [sic] are a warning signal to stay away,” Cortes argued. “It’s an example [of] Aposematism—the phenomenon of poisonous animals in nature advertising their toxicity and lethality.”
Cortes went on to compare women with hair dye to “animals like poison arrow frogs” and “venomous snakes,” who use their bright colors to tell other animals “to stay away from messing with them.”
“When you see a woman with red blue green purple rainbow hair, it’s a sign of mental illness and derangement,” Cortes claimed. “Think of Harley Quinn. Obviously she’s more attractive than your typical unnaturally hair colored SJW chick. But would you want to date this girl? She’s literally homicidal.”
Unnatural hair colors in woman are a warning signal to stay away,— Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
Its an example Aposematism-the phenomenon of poisonous animals in nature advertising their toxicity and lethality
Animals like Poison arrow frogs, venomous snakes, they have bright colors and it lets other animals know to stay away from messing with them— Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
When you see a woman with red blue green purple rainbow hair, its a sign of mental illness and derangement
Think of Harley Quinn— Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
Obviously shes more attractive than your typical unnaturally hair colored SJW chick
But would you want to date this girl?
She's literally homicidal pic.twitter.com/okkdPRZ8ZP
Wow, really makes you think, huh?
Nah, not really. Twitter let him know his theory was flawed.
I am obsessed with the right wing's condemnation of hair dyeing pic.twitter.com/lR4yJAgUFS— vore gerbinski (@shamtley) October 31, 2018
I've never dyed my hair and I have multiple mental illnesses, where is your God now https://t.co/bCshyL19X9— nice couch (@benscalligraphy) October 31, 2018
*dyes hair in lesbian pride colors* https://t.co/NaTHMgf5KB— Serenity “Hire Me” Dee (@sapphixy) October 31, 2018
Time to go pink. https://t.co/jtgwREyciz— Stef is a Tran (@princess_stef69) October 31, 2018
Kind of like twitter threads by men making ridiculous assumptions about women's personal choices raises a huge red flag warning us to stay far away.— Sophie Rapp (@SophieSRapp) October 31, 2018
Congratulations, you are the 1,000,000th guy to uncritically present this load of garbage like it's 1) true and 2) an original thought.— Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) October 31, 2018
To claim your prize, please stay away.
I had an appointment next week to color my hair pink, blue and orange, but this tweet saved me !! Thank god! I was actually about to express myself freely, imagine the horror— nyssa (@janvssao) October 31, 2018
Boy if you don’t pic.twitter.com/suebAF7y0y— Stop quoting your dads law commercials (@meowwcydnee) October 31, 2018
this thread confirmed my decision to dye my whole head pink thanks <333 !!— ashlyn (@ashlynkoster) October 31, 2018
Cortes’ analogy doesn’t even make sense scientifically. After all, humans mate with other humans. We aren’t all hell-bent on killing each other. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Cortes has zero knowledge about courtship and who the predator actually is.
Aposematism is a warning signal to protect against predators, you hilarious fuckup. https://t.co/B5UmIXxtgL— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay) October 31, 2018
You're really making an analogy between artificial hair dye of non-natural hair colors and animals who have a natural warning color? I don't think you understand how to make an analogy. There's no similarity between the two whatsoever.— Return of the Corn Goblin (@BearNamedBallew) October 31, 2018
Except we're humans. Do you eat off the floor? Do you sniff people's butts? Do you dig in the dirt for fun? Do you shout the same word over and over at your colleagues? Okay cool we've established that we're more advanced than animals. Cool. https://t.co/9NQIJmqjiq— frostradamus (@Nick_Frost) November 1, 2018
this is the faux academic version of "if her hair is dyed she an sjw" go shower eboy https://t.co/tH98pO8A3G— castlevania s2 ost when (@cwrtmawrbanter) November 1, 2018
Oh, and Cortes wasn’t spared a few personal insults on the way down.
Dudes with goatees and mullets are sort of the same thing for women.— Hepatitis M (@OohMyNose) October 30, 2018
And man buns. pic.twitter.com/LOSbnE4CYv— IDreamofRizzo (@rachillsplace) October 31, 2018
This guy's whole profile appears to be "Man finds poor argument to bolster his many nit-picky opinions on women" and it's kind of hilarious in a he probably can't allow himself to think to critically about his own ideas because it would break his fragile little alpha ego way https://t.co/m8Nm5whA3g— Yoko (@Penthesilean) November 1, 2018
A couple women even flaunted their dyed hair in his mentions.
I turned 40. Did a radical hair change so I didn’t feel “old”. Doubt this means I’m crazy. And my husband loves it. pic.twitter.com/JI8bMxH644— Dana Fortner (@danafortner78) October 31, 2018
Well if my pink hair keeps people like you away from me, I'm 100% glad to keep it pic.twitter.com/mV6Lu4L1cb— Lydia ❄️ (@AlongCameLydia) October 31, 2018
Never been happier to have hair that I love that will put off men like you! pic.twitter.com/IB5zMc2YOQ— Ellie (@serenceinwyn) October 31, 2018
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As for Cortes, he’s nursing his wounds in stride.
“I expect the Toxic Thottery to come out in full force for this one,” he tweeted. “Pay attention to the behavior of these succubus’s [sic] and she-devils gentlemen. It will be a lesson for you in what to avoid dating and never reproduce with.”
“I don’t think you have to worry about that last bit,” one Twitter user replied.
I expect the Toxic Thottery to come out in full force for this one.— Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
Pay attention to the behavior of these succubus's and she-devils gentlemen
It will be a lesson for you in what to avoid dating and never reproduce with
I don’t think you have to worry about that last bit.— JR Sweany hates Comicsgate (@JRobertSweany) November 1, 2018
Ana Valens is a reporter specializing in online queer communities, marginalized identities, and adult content creation. She is Daily Dot's Trans/Sex columnist. Her work has appeared at Vice, Vox, Truthout, Bitch Media, Kill Screen, Rolling Stone, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and spends her free time developing queer adult games.