I have noticed that daughters regularly receive much more support from their parents after age 18 than sons. There have been too many instances of it to dismiss as an anomaly due to small statistical sample size. If you disagree with this assessment, please explain your ideas in the comments below.
The question is: Why is this? As with most social things, there are lots of possibilities, often simultaneously interacting. For example,
I. Sons must make it on their own in the world, so throw them to the wolves. Well, it is often not quite that bad. What I have seen with the boys is that they go to a lesser university, have to work more hour to pay for it, etc.
II. Daughters are just these wonderful creatures, so of course we should send them to best universities and house them in the finest dorms. Of course, the finest dorms are where they often get defiled (even more than they were). Furthermore, according to the media, there is a rape epidemic on campus, so almost assuredly they will be raped within the four years. It does seem odd that parents would want to send their awesome daughters to be defiled so. Perhaps somebody can explain.
III. Traditionally, daughters were always the responsibility of a man, either the father or handed off to the husband in marriage. So, the parents maintaining the daughter’s existence has precedent. But one wonders if it has to be done in such grand style?
IV. The Mother likes to gather external resources, so she is pushing for the daughter to receive her share, The Feminine Imperative at work.
V. Perhaps the parents realize that the studies degree that she is obtaining is going to be useless, so she might as well get something out of her time at the University, primarily a good time.
Please feel free to add your own ideas.