I wouldn't generalize. I know someone who has got a cold distant mother and a gets along better with her dad.
While me, well, I don't hate my dad. I get along with him. But he tends to get pissed at me quick. I get better along with my mom, but I don't think that I could call my dad emotionally distant. He just has his phases.
Yeah true.... But I think of my dad's dad, he died a few years ago. They never quite patched things up/forgave each other. Maybe that's why my dad's grown so distant. I mean, he has been odd for long enough, but I guess more so in the last four years (after his dad died).
My dad was great when I was a kid but has grown distant. I don't even bother saying "I love you" anymore because he doesn't respond.
It's better than what I get from my mom though. She was abusive, an alcoholic and went out of her way to make me feel inferior to her. She had a stroke 2 years ago and lives in a nursing home. I'm the only one who comes to see her because she drove away everyone else. And she only wants me to come when she wants something.
My Mum is crazy, always miserable and thinks I'm the worst person in the world.
My dad on the other hand is a calm, cool guy who never gets angry, always plays games on the PS3 with my brother, play fighting and doing magic tricks or whatever my brother wants, and being the one to calm situations down.