|i think that your question can be answered like this,
girls look up to their fathers and theres a special bond between each, not a sexual bond but a loving bond that the daughter and father share. The daughter respects the fathers decision more than the mothers mainly because the father is the one who is more strict and the mother is the calm one. When there is no father theres no rules really even though the mother makes rules, they dont take her seriously very much. theres no father daughter bond or connection which can lead them to strive for a male companion to show them what they think and feel is love and acceptance.