Face Variations 
By Sex

Above center: The Archetypal Mask
Above right: The Male Variant from the Archetypal Mask


As it is a function of age and ethnic group, the facial correlation with the mask is also a function of sex.

The mask is the most visually attractive configuration of the human face. In our species women are generally perceived as the more visually attractive sex. Indeed women do correlate with the mask more closely than men.

The “Mask” by all accounts is a distinctively female configuration. The male face seems to be a particular variation of this female “Mask”.

Note:  The “complete” male variation from the “Mask” would be a combination of:

            1]. The specific age variation with regard to the Mask.

            2]. The typical male variation from the (female) Mask.

   and   3]  The particular ethnic variation from the archetypal Mask.

This “male variation” of the (female) Mask can be uniquely described.
(see below)

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The essential Phi Mask (i.e. the geometric ideal "beautiful" image of humanness) is actually that of a woman. The male image is a variation on that mathematical female image.

Developmentally all human faces begin as essentially feminine - even if genetically male. Through multiple exposures to testosterone the genetic male face gradually transforms into the male configuration. But again, male faces essentially start out physically as female. This is evidenced by the fact that generally young pre-pubescent males can be dressed as females and often be mistaken for females. However after the great testosterone infusion (really more like a blast) at puberty, it is generally quite difficult to disguise the "maleness" of a face.

There appears to be a biological basis for the difference between male and female faces.

The female is considered to be the "more attractive" sex in the human species, and as such the female face is the more attractive face.

This appears to be primarily for mate attraction. Female attractiveness advertises health and the absence of disease as well as the ability to successfully bear children of good genetic makeup, and raise them to maturity.

This is important for human females as historically (the present era excluded) human males have generally been the sex who chose who they would mate with. For the most part, men would openly entice, steal, pay for, bargain for or otherwise attempt to acquire the mate they were attracted to.  This left the female to evolve with a necessary strategy to "attract" a mate. Along with psychological "wiles", women necessarily evolved to become physically more attractive or "beautiful" than males.

Interestingly, not only men find women attractive, but other women also find women attractive, although not generally in a sexual "mating" way. This is because the face of a woman who fits the Phi Mask is attractive to all humans - adults, children and even infants.

This visual attractiveness strategy is not unusual in animals. Birds, for example have evolved similarly - but in reverse. Generally, female birds are the "mate choosers" and as such the male has evolved to be the more beautiful sex, so often sporting its fabulously colorful plumage and performing intricate courtship dances to entice the relatively drably colored and frequently uninterested female.  

A male is attractive in a different way than a female - so much so that to refer to or call a male "beautiful" is actually not a compliment to most males.  



The true "Archetypal Mask" seems to be actually a "female" image. The human male face is actually a variant of this "female" face and hence of the true "Archetypal Mask" which is essentially female. This male image or mask, which we refer to as "The Male Variant of the Archetypal Mask" is, however, a distinct and identifiable configuration. This male variant varies from the female face (and the female Golden Mask) in only slight but significant ways. It has evolved to to be very similar to the "female" Golden Mask but with characteristic "male" variations.

Like the idealized female face, the idealized male face advertises health and as such essentially conforms to and is symmetric like the female Golden Mask.

However, as a result of the male's primitive evolved function to provide hunted food and other resources as well as to protect the family and tribe, males have evolved to be perceived as attractive to the degree that they physically advertise those abilities.

Likewise, the human male face has evolved to appear different than the female face so as not to be sexually attractive to other males, since this might interfere with and compete with his attempts to mate with females.  

The  male variant of the archetypal face is a slightly modified version of the female face which appears more intimidating, protective, and sexually dissimilar (i.e. non-female) than the female archetypal face.

Like the female or Archetypal mask the male variant can be described in both the Repose Frontal and Repose Lateral views. 





Repose Frontal variations generally include:  

1] prominent supra-orbital (brow)         ridges (frontal bossing) resulting 
in deep
set appearing eyes 

2] flatter and narrower eyebrows

3] slightly narrower eyes

4] eyes less "wide open" (eye lids slightly closed)

5] slightly longer and/or wider nose 

6] slightly thinner lips (especially upper lip)

7] square/angled and or larger jaws


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All of these variations work together to make the male face appear more intimidating and protective than that of the female.

The female face basically advertises the nurturing and attracting - the "come hither" look.

The male face conversely advertises - "I'm healthy, I can provide resources and I'm tough - don't antagonize me & don't threaten me or those who I am protecting".

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Other examples:

The Male African Face and the Male Variant from the Archetypal Mask:

The Male Asian Face and the Male Variant from the Archetypal Mask:


The Male European (Caucasian) Face and the Male Variant from the Archetypal Mask:





The male Repose Lateral Mask (i.e. the “male variant” of the original female Archetypal Mask) is shown below (in red) superimposed on the Repose Lateral view of the original female Archetypal Mask (shown in black).


The male Repose Lateral Mask varies from the original female Repose Lateral Mask in the following ways.

1] prominent supra-orbital (brow) ridges (frontal bossing) resulting in deep set appearing eyes

2] flatter eyebrows

3]  eyes less "wide open" (eye lids slightly closed)

4] slightly longer and/or wider nose  

5] more obtuse nose-lip (nasio-labial) angle

6] slightly thinner lips (especially upper lip)

7] square/angled and or larger jaws