One self-proclaimed life coach has controversially stated his belief that a woman dyeing her hair “unnatural” colors is not a matter of taste or preference—it is “a warning signal to stay away.”
Alexander J.A Cortes, who calls himself a “trainer, writer, and speaker,” argues that this behavior is no different than “Aposematism-the phenomenon of poisonous animals in nature advertising their toxicity and lethality,” meaning that women—much like Poison-dart frogs or wasps—dye their hair to subconsciously signal they are dangerous. And by dangerous, Cortes means mentally unstable.
Unnatural hair colors in woman are a warning signal to stay away,
Its an example Aposematism-the phenomenon of poisonous animals in nature advertising their toxicity and lethality — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
In a recent Twitter thread, he explained that women who bleach and dye their hair are like “poison arrow frogs” and “venomous snakes” who are born brightly-colored as a defense mechanism. “When you see a woman with red blue green purple rainbow hair,” Cortes wrote, “its a sign of mental illness and derangement”
Animals like Poison arrow frogs, venomous snakes, they have bright colors and it lets other animals know to stay away from messing with them
When you see a woman with red blue green purple rainbow hair, its a sign of mental illness and derangement — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
As an example, Cortes presents fictional comic book character Harley Quinn. “Obviously she’s more attractive than your typical unnaturally hair colored SJW chick,” he wrote, without specifying whether he is referring to actress Margot Robbie, who played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, or Harley Quinn the DC comic book character.
Think of Harley Quinn
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 — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
You gentlemen want an obvious example of a redflag?
It doesnt get more obvious than that — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
Cortes clarifies that “there’s nothing wrong with” women who dye their hair a “natural color,” but he rejects the colors blue as “Manhater” and pink as “I have a mental disease.”
This said, lots of women dye their hair, and theres nothing wrong with that, so long as its a natural color
And not Manhater blue or Ihaveamentaldisease pink — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
Seemingly lacking other examples, he again cites the fictional Harley Quinn as evidence of his argument.
Or my favorite, the RAINBOW hair
Which you can guarantee she’ll have a therapist and multiple psychiatric drug prescriptions Again, see Harley Quinn example — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
Cortes warns “young kings” that women who seem stable but dye their hair are “grappling with some immense inner turmoil and upheaval.”
and When a seemingly stable female suddenly dies her hair crazy colors,
She’s grappling with some immense inner turmoil and upheaval, the crazy has taken over Stay away young Kings — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
And ends with this confounding message:
I expect the Toxic Thottery to come out in full force for this one.
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 — Alexander J.A Cortes (@AJA_Cortes) October 30, 2018
The women of Twitter were grateful to this fabulous life coach for his insightful life advice.
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
And fully agreed that their hair color was a conscious effort to keep men wayyyyy over there, thanks.
YES. Please take my unnaturally colored hair as a warning that I am lethally venomous and leave me the fsck alone. https://t.co/ZCmZDYvTHY
— Mother Lichmas (@Penanced) November 15, 2018
If coloring my hair again gets men like this to stay away I’m willing to destroy my hair for it https://t.co/OF693fBPbB
— Kaylean LaRay (@kaylean_laray) November 15, 2018
*books a hair dye appointment* https://t.co/6PBHF9wL1D
— ᵗʸᵖᵒ ¹⁹¹⁹ (@moredramaforya) November 15, 2018
You’re right. This is so true. PLEASE stay away from us. Literally cross the street if you see us coming your way. Leave restaurants if you see us enter. Avoid us at all cost. You’ll be doing us a huge favor.
— Krissy (@TheFoxxandFlora) November 1, 2018
Others pointed out the lack of any kind of actual science in OP’s hypothesis.
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
Hi, actual biologist here: having the resources to colour your hair should, if anything, flag you as a MORE valuable mate. Obviously individual tastes will vary, as will fashions, but there’s a reason why colouring the hair/face/body has been A Thing throughout human history!
— Hannah Davis (@hedavis_msc) October 31, 2018
More gratifying is the amount of women who posted pictures of themselves with colorful hair, and all the supportive comments that followed.
The real reasons dudes like A.J.A. here see brightly colored hair as a warning sign is: it’s a signal that the woman dresses and presents herself to the world *for herself* and not to the win the approval of dudes like this.
— Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) October 31, 2018
“my flawless blending of condescension and stupidity ensures that I will continue to know nothing about women and why they do things I don’t personally find attractive” https://t.co/YlsiUhGrTD
— Josh Knight (@jknight1713) November 15, 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
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
run bitch pic.twitter.com/IZT0QtIqL5
— Melly (@AngelMelly) November 2, 2018
Wow I think this is a sign I should go back to blue or green hair ? pic.twitter.com/s8O9Cd7eUT
— Melissa ? (@brightandgold) 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
Lmaooo. Love this reply. Also, I went to twitchcon two years ago and had galaxy hair… street preacher accused me of practicing witchcraft and I’d never felt so accomplished. ?I’m married and have yet to “have mental disease on my husband” pic.twitter.com/2XRZwgrAXR
— ? Rhi ???? (@iammaredhead) November 2, 2018
? BEWARE: POISONOUS BITCH CROSSING ? pic.twitter.com/pQjS2Qrp04
— Bijou (@BijouDemi) November 2, 2018
i’ve been super datable w every hair color try againnnn ? pic.twitter.com/h8BYrioHmp
— nikki (@blurrytown) October 31, 2018
This makes me wanna color hair pink again, just to avoid the average and stereotypical dudes. ? pic.twitter.com/txVK6xKyr8
— ???? ???????? ?? (@MissCoookiez) November 1, 2018