"I do think "meiatflask" hit a big nail on the head. Women who have kids usually don’t have the time or means to invest in "equipment." I didn’t start buying expensive (expensive to me) equipment until my kids had all moved out of the house."
That’s it, in a nutshell. Biological differences.
Of course social norms are changing, particularly in the western world, and men are now usually more involved in child rearing.
Hence the predominance of the more mature audiophile, as well as the younger ones.
Family life tends does to get in the way of this hobby. Heck, I had to sell my turntable with the arrival of my daughter!
I wasn’t pushed, or forced, it was simply a question of priorities and the right thing to do.
Was is worth it?
Ask Homer Simpson. You’d get a similar answer. Oh the role of the poor harassed male in these difficult times..!
Hang in there everyone.