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I have a couple questions about the facial feature differences between the sexes and why those come to be. There seem to be some facial features that only men have.

1) Do women ever get those big square chins and jaws? Obviously there are women with square faces and some with square jaws like Angie Harmon. A square face is not inherently masculine. But I've never seen a woman with a chin/jaw like Kurt Cobain or Jay Leno.

2) do all men have a brow ridge? I've never seen a woman that had one or a man that didn't have one, that I've noticed. Some are very prominent and others are less noticeable but still there.

As a lay person my research has just told me the difference boils down to testosterone but it must be more than that right? Women do not sprout these features from taking testosterone. Even the ones that were doped up for most of their lives like the DDR wrestlers.

Lastly, what causes these features to develop and is there anything that can hinder the development of these features in men? Or to the contrary cause these features to manifest in women?

I have a couple questions about the facial feature differences between the sexes and why those come to be. There seem to be some facial features that only men have. 1) Do women ever get those big square chins and jaws? Obviously there are women with square faces and some with square jaws like Angie Harmon. A square face is not inherently masculine. But I've never seen a woman with a chin/jaw like Kurt Cobain or Jay Leno. 2) do all men have a brow ridge? I've never seen a woman that had one or a man that didn't have one, that I've noticed. Some are very prominent and others are less noticeable but still there. As a lay person my research has just told me the difference boils down to testosterone but it must be more than that right? Women do not sprout these features from taking testosterone. Even the ones that were doped up for most of their lives like the DDR wrestlers. Lastly, what causes these features to develop and is there anything that can hinder the development of these features in men? Or to the contrary cause these features to manifest in women?

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[–] greenbeans 3 points Edited

Ok so I have always been very self conscious about my square jaw. Therefore what follows isn't really scientific but just my personal perspective.

I have always made note of female celebrities with this facial feature, as a way of comforting myself I suppose. There are actually quite a few. A lot of them have otherwise stereotypically feminine features (pouty lips, small noses) which seemingly make the angularity of their jaws seem more acceptable in a woman in society's eyes. The contrast might even make them more striking. I believe that if their other features were less feminine, they wouldn't be accepted as celebrities.

A few examples: Keira Knighley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Olivia Wilde, Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lopez, Zoe Kravitz, Heidi Klum, Billie Piper, Kelly Osborne (I remember some awful gossip website hounding her over this feature years ago and she has now had her jawbone shaved looking at recent pictures), Sandra Bullock, Tori Spelling.

Tallulah Willis (Bruce Willis' daughter) has inherited his jawline. There are some nasty comments about it online, comparing her unfavourably to her mother Demi Moore.

A lot of female newsreaders in the UK (e.g Fiona Bruce) have this feature. I wonder if a woman with a 'more masculine' feature is more trusted with 'serious topics' (as long as her other features are still pretty of course).

I believe that for most of the above examples it is an inherited feature. Mine is inherited from my Dad. Just one face shape of many, just with different connotations.

As for brow ridges? Never seen that on a woman to my knowledge.

ETA: I remember reading about bone shaving jawline surgery being really popular in Korea, where an ultra feminine look is usually pushed. I really hope it doesn't become a thing in other countries.

I have a slight brow ridge and know many women with one. Shit, there are celebrity women with a brow ridge. 🙄

Just look at women's faces next time you go grocery shopping instead of instagram and you'll find that we come with a variety of facial features, up to and including BROW RIDGES, square jaws, big ass noses, high foreheads, etc.

I probably didn't notice because it isn't a feature I share (unlike a square jaw which I always take note of).