Trainwreck Porochista Khakpour / pchza / PKhakpour - entitled author and GFM scammer, dying of a disease that does not exist, hides behind minority status whenever things don't go her way

Kate Farms Shill

"a professional troll" -
True & Honest Fan

Porochista Khakpour is a 41-year old Iranian-American New York Times Bestselling novelist and memoirist who needs you to donate to her GoFundMe right now, before she dies of pretendicitis. She has crowdfunded over $75,000 to get woo treatments for the many diseases she claims including “CDC-recognized late-stage lyme” by which she means the non-existent chronic form of the disease, Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (aka “Mold Toxicity”), craniocervical instability, tethered cord, osteopenia, difficulty swallowing (reason unspecified), fibromyalgia, Valley Fever, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, “Biotoxin Illness,” multiple chemical sensitivity, a traumatic brain injury, irritable bowel syndrome, malabsorption, a hiatal hernia, autoimmune encephalitis, reactive hypoglycemia, multiple antibiotic-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci, and sometimes claims Antiphospholipid Syndrome or Sjögrens Syndrome but claims the tests were back-and-forth on which, if either, of these she has. She also constantly hints that any one of her diseases could easily turn into CANCER! As of August 2019, she is looking into faking Addison’s Disease.
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Many of the disorders she claims are favored by so-called “Munchies” because they either have no definitive markers and are diagnosed on reported symptoms and vague tests that can be easily manipulated, or because they simply do not exist at all. Several of her claimed diagnoses also cannot coexist. For example, if you have hEDS, you cannot also have fibromyalgia, because fibromyalgia is joint pain and fatigue symptoms in absence of a better explanation, and hEDS provides a better explanation. She admits to lying to doctors to get the diagnoses and treatments she wants.


This is the photo she uses for any Official Sick Girl Business like GFM campaigns or the cover of her memoir where she masturbates about how horrible the system is to poor innocent sick minority girls like her. A helpful redditor has pointed out that her nasal cannula is upside down.

Chronic lyme patients like PK seek out “lyme literate” doctors who are invariably shady woo practitioners. They typically do not accept insurance but are happy to diagnose you with scary-sounding diseases and take your money for expensive treatments that are useless at best and can actually kill you at worst. PK will use any excuse to pimp out her GFM links to get more sweet, sweet bee venom and ozone treatments.

PK likes to claim whatever marginalized identity will give her the most oppression points at the current moment and allow her to win meaningless Twitter wars. She constantly bitches about white people being like the absolute worst. Pointing out her racism causes her to chimp out about how it’s impossible to be racist against white people. She’s a muzzie when it’s advantageous to praise Allah for something and score those Islamaphobia oppression points, but other times disavows organized religion. She claims to be queer when she needs to score the LGBT points, but has never dated a woman even though she went to Sarah Lawrence, a veritable lesbian mecca. Disability is just another identity to hide behind and she disdainfully calls healthy people "ableds" and paints them as crybabies. She also compared her fake struggle with a fake disease to the AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s.. She is a very unreliable narrator and will change her story any time she is challenged with pesky facts.

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She also never, ever fucks up. She WANTED you to find that widget on her website that lets you preview the posts she made to the twitter account she just locked down, IDIOTS! (Said widget was removed immediately after posting this)


PK was born in Tehran, Iran on January 17. 1978, just days after the start of the Iranian Revolution that installed Ayatollah Khomeini. Two years later, Iraq invaded Iran, setting off a bloody, dirty war that raged on until 1988. The Khakpour family came to the United States as refugees in 1983. You would think, having survived a violent revolution that installed a fundamentalist theocracy and stripped women of all their rights, followed by one of the deadliest wars ever fought between two developing nations, that little Porochista would be grateful to be settled in South Pasedena, a relatively safe suburb of Los Angeles where women didn’t have to wear a sheet to leave the house. Instead, she expresses her horror at having to live in a small apartment with peeling paint and only one bathroom. Which is one more bathroom than the many Persian people whose homes were destroyed in air raids had.

In Pasedena, she began suffering mysterious health problems. She fainted, suffered from lethargy and exhaustion, and had a periodic “tremor” in her hands. Most people will recognize these as symptoms of anxiety probably caused by an unstable childhood steeped in death and destruction and being uprooted at a tender age. But not PK. Despite copping to PTSD (n/s if diagnosed formally), she claims these symptoms were (maybe) the first signs of an illness that would plague her entire life. Still, she did well in school and managed to attend Sarah Lawrence College for a BA in creative writing and Johns Hopkins for her MFA.

While in college, she decided to fill her body with as much cocaine, caffeine, and cocks as she could stuff inside it. She lived off a diet of “coffee, bagels, and cigarettes,” fucked any man that looked at her for half a second, and tried any drug people put in front of her (but especially cocaine.) She complained of joint and muscle pains, lethargy, and severe anxiety. This, according to her, had nothing to do with her lifestyle or untreated mental illness and everything to do with an unknown disease that was slowly killing her. One night she smoked a joint that was laced with something, ended up in the emergency room, where allegedly the staff were shocked by her vital signs and believed there to be some terrible underlying disease. This she latched onto and it began a journey of hospital-hopping in order to get diagnosed with something that gave her access to good drugs that insurance would pay for.

In 2007, she wrote her first novel, Sons and other Flammable Objects. As a self-identified brown, queer, muslim, refugee woman displaced in a terrible white supremacist nation, she was lauded for a novel that probably would not have even gotten published had she not been a mega-minority. Also around this time, she was diagnosed with all kinds of psychiatric issues that led to her being prescribed a bunch of fun, abusable drugs like Xanax, Ambien, Klonopin, Neurontin, and Ativan. She hopped from one addiction to another as she sought a new high a proper diagnosis. She dragged her ass from ER to ER demanding medical attention, never accepting that the ER is for actual emergencies and not set up to help someone with ouchy joints and a bit of a tummy ache.

After watching another woman she was close to pretend to be dying of chronic lyme disease, PK believed this was the answer to her prayers. She deliberately sought out a “lyme literate” infectious disease specialist in Malibu who sent her blood to dodgy testing facility iGeneX. IGeneX uses tests that are nearly guaranteed to give you a diagnosis of chronic lyme for the low low cost of $2500 out of pocket. The CDC explicitly warns against trusting their diagnoses, but this doesn’t stop Porochista from claiming she has CDC-recognized late-stage lyme. And immediately started seeking attention for it.


With this golden ticket secured, Porochista began the next stage of her life, becoming a completely useless leech on her friends and loved ones, demanding that everything be done for her and paid for by someone else, while still being able to do just about anything she actually wanted to do. She started up her gofundmes, which have, as of September 2019, raked in $16,000 (archive) and nearly $60,000 (archive).
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In 2018, she published her memoir, Sick, documenting her brave struggle to have her fake illness taken seriously by the medical community and accusing doctors of racism, sexism, Islamaphobia, and anything else she can think of to explain why they kept telling her that her problems were psychiatric, (other than the fact that they were psychiatric of course). This book got her a lot of praise from the usual suspects who will celebrate anything a queer, muzzie, disabled pee-oh-cee does: BuzzFeed, HuffPo, Bustle. The fact that she previously wrote fiction and has degrees in creative writing does not seem to factor into these reviewers' opinions because apparently the literary world does not ever learn from being bamboozled by fake "misery porn" memoirs (see also: JT LeRoy, James Frey, Margaret B. Jones...)

PK's disease always magically heals whenever she wants to do something fun like jet off to Leipzig for a while. Her disease always flares when something unfavorable happens, like Trump being elected president. She picks up new diagnoses like they’re so many pairs of designer shoes and always needs some kind of expensive alternative medicine treatment for them. The treatments make her “herx,” which is allegedly the lyme bacteria dying en masse, but really either side effects of doing something fucking dumb to your body like overdosing on vitamins and antibiotics, or simply psychosomatic symptoms.

She’s gleefully a “bad patient” who does things to sabotage her own health, including continuing to smoke, drink, and do drugs. In her own words, “I am a sick girl. I know sickness. I live with it. In some ways, I keep myself sick.” This is someone who expects people to believe she wants to be well and to furthermore pay her medical bills.

Because she is sensitive to every chemical and also mold, she is very exacting about where she lives. To that end, she moves around the country every few weeks seeking out a new place to heal. Everywhere she goes, she quickly overstays her welcome and starts to post that she will soon be homeless. Then she takes to social media to demand that her followers find her a safe, affordable, mold-free home in some of the most notoriously expensive areas of the US: Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and most recently New York City. She had an apartment in Harlem which collapsed due to "illegal demolition" of adjacent units though some suspect she created this damage herself. She claims this contaminated the unit with mold, lead, and asbestos.

For a while in 2019 she lived in Santa Fe to escape the mold. When she was tired of this city, she claimed mold invaded there, too, so she might as well live somewhere that she liked better. Every time she decides she doesn’t like her current location, she begs people to find her new accommodations – but only if it’s been mold tested and meets her standards. And also she needs a ride because she’s far too sick to drive, take a cab, uber, bus, train, or anything short of a trusted friend acting as her personal taxi service. All the while she pursues new diagnoses, treatments, and tests instead of working.
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(Also you should pet sit her dog, and he’s such a pleasure you should probably do it for free. She'll pay something but, you know...)
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She tried to find housing in LA in the Spring but found it impossible. Moving into the parents' house was out of the question because of her favorite excuse, mold.
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She spent all of Summer 2019 begging people to find someplace for her to live in NYC.
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She's so sick that she needs a caretaker and a billion doctors.
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Unless there's something fun to do. Then she is having a good low-symptom day.
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Here, listen to her talk about mold and beg for money for 3:37.

The Esme she mentioned in that video is fellow literary darling Esme Wang, another mega minority who writes about her life with schizophrenia and also claims to have chronic lyme. She and PK were “partners in lyme” who saw the same doctors, traveled for treatments together, and sent each other cute love letters on social media all day.
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Just some gals and their pet canes! Sadly, these two seem to have had a falling out, as those who play IRL munchie olympics often do, and this has deprived us of the sweet dairy of having Esme also chimp out about this.

However PK uses her status as a literary darling semi-celeb to con other famous and quasi-famous people into helping her. Here she hits up Neil Gaiman and Fairuza Balk for asspats.
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On the medical front, PK often asks her social media following about new diseases and treatments she should seek. Here, she asks how to get better painkillers by malingering.

Her most recent complaints before she came to the attention of Reddit were shitting herself skinny and the high cost of faking sick. Her followers suggested assorted woo
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One of the things her followers love to suggest is kambo, a traditional medicine made of frog venom extracted by literally torturing them, then applied to a freshly-made burn on the skin. This makes the recipient vomit profusely and shit until they want to die. This, of course, does not suit PK because she doesn't actually want to be uncomfortable.

Assorted pics of PK showing off her oxygen concentrator and other random medical devices, as one does.

In August 2019, the internet sleuths over at r/IllnessFakers made a thread introducing PK. This led to the best story arc to date: upon catching the eye of speddit she locked down her own twitter and unleashed a frothing hoard of conspiratards to defend her.

None of these women know how to internet.
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While all of her flying monkeys are exceptional, Heather Poole, flight attendant and author of the New York Times Bestseller Cruising Attitude, has stood head and shoulders above the rest. Poole has decided that the term “subject” to refer to what we would call a lolcow, and the mod’s username “u/MBIresearch” indicates that this is not just some anonymous hens clucking at each other to hide their own illness faking, but a massive conspiracy to cyberstalk sick women in the name of medical research which will then be turned over to Big Pharma. She thinks everything we’re doing is illegal but doesn't know why.

Upon mentioning that an OP on PK was being sent to the proving ground, Heather surmised that proving ground was the code name for a proof reader employed to prepare the research notes for MBIr. When told it was part of Kiwi Farms, she took this literally and started looking into kiwi fruit farms.
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If she wasn’t an established account with ten year history of babbling on about conspiracy theories, it would be clear trolling. But no, she’s serious. She also runs a support group for women who were harmed by allegedly harmful chemicals in American Airlines’ uniforms (archive) which she claims has made them the canaries in the coal mine of aviation.
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Another of her conspiracy theories is that there’s a Reddit conspiracy to make her look like a conspiracy theorist.
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Heather took it upon herself to come into IF under the name u/Duras123 and follow anyone who had anything to do with the sub, even a former mod who attempted to burn the place down from the inside and has had no connection to it in months, into unrelated subreddits to sperg about CyBeRsTaLkInG. She typically gets banned for harassing users with off-topic accusations, and this too becomes part of the conspiracy theory.

And she’s very mad at reddit for not immediately banning everyone who has been mean to her friend.
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She has 95k purchased followers and 0 engagement, as this fellow points out.

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Heather would also like to know what doxxxxxing is.
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Name: Heather Elise Poole (Lieberman)
Age: 48 (born March 1971)
Address: 1829 Stanford Ave. Redondo Beach, Ca., which she bought March 15, 2005 for $789,000
Former resident of: Hermosa Beach, Ca; Richardson, TX; Forest Hills. NY
Digits: (917) 887-4600
Husband: Neil M. Lieberman, age 49.

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Heather continues to believe we're all some shadowy agents of IF

Meanwhile on Reddit, a user going by the name u/m00nrac00n started spilling tea about living with PK and did an AMA about her. PK chimped out, deciding that this person a CUNY professor/wealthy socialite and if not her then... anyone else she burned in the past – probably a very long list. So she filed police reports against a bunch of random people on no evidence, which only led people to laugh harder. Not understanding the Streisand Effect, PK and her friends have tried their best to draw as much attention to themselves as is humanly possible which has led to features in other subreddits and youtube videos exposing her as a fraud.

PK loves to pretend the haydurs, and M00nracc00n in particular, aren't bothering her, all while doing everything in her power to make it obvious they are.

The standard "if you don't post about it we won't know about it" advice does not suit her as it will result in no more GFM bux

She's been trying to guilt lawyers into taking on her case for free because she's DISABLED! and lives on crowdfunds

As of September 2019, her social media is still on lockdown but as an attention seeker, will likely be opened as soon as the commotion dies down. She is blaming everything on white boomers despite that calling the police on internet meanies is the most white boomer thing to do. And she's expressed her preference for being discussed on KF over IF:

Her GFMs are both still active but quiet. She most recently bullied a luxury mattress company into donating the cost of their mattress to her. She used one of their mattresses on a 100-day free trial, placing it on a base the mattress company explicitly states is incompatible with their mattresses. Upon being told it was her fault the mattress was sagging and uncomfortable and shown the type of platform she should be using, PK and her followers hounded the mattress company relentlessly until they capitulated. According to her, she crowdfunds because she needs massages, to never ever get stressed out, to rest all day (unless there’s something fun to do), and oh yeah, a personal sauna. She’ll have you know that she likes the more expensive ones but she’ll settle for the one that’s only $3000!

She's also daydreaming about $20,000 spa vacations to Utah. Or Switzerland. She's not picky.

And she doesn't appreciate being called out when her own posts indicate she's not as sick as she claims to be.

Links, archives, and assorted rabbit holes:
My original introduction in the Munchies General thread.
PK's facebook
PK's twitter
PK's instagram
Official website
Guardian interview
Tinhouse interview
LA review of books interview
Bookish interview

Original OP (reposted in IF after the original was deleted)
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PK doesn't dare mention (chronic) Lyme to her doctors and doesn't seem to believe any test results that don't suggest mold/Lyme.
PK's GoFundMe update with all her diagnoses & that she could die from them
pk is baffled someone hasn’t read every single tweet of hers when they kindly offer to help, follows with a list of demands without a please or thank you in sight
These mattresses run from $500 (low-end twin size) to $3700 (high-end king size). Question #1: which do you think Poverty PK went with? Question #2: is she just mad she actually had to pay for it?
PK vs. Mattress; the saga continues
“Nearly committed suicide” is the new “quite simply refuse to die”
AKA: I don't actually have any other way of stopping this, and I'm severely allergic to any form of criticism
Woo Dr gives new diagnosis 😂 / PK has 'little money' 🙄
PK: too sick to apply for grants, but not too sick to tweet about needing money
High B12 levels and Porochistious Anemia
PK tries to make TaskRabbit look bad now. Who's surprised her first TaskRabbit guy had to set a boundary with her? And she claims it was because she's disabled. Will she shame TaskRabbit into a big GoFundMe donation now like she did with Nest?
PK wants to know which pain meds to ask for, whether she should ham it up, and just can't understand why real docs won't treat Chronic Lyme and Mycotoxins illness.
PK diagnosed with MCAS by famed physician Dr. Benadryl
In her own book, PK admits lying about dx for convenience as well as self diagnosing
PK’s Sinister Women: A Parable
Juice & Crackers! PK vs. MANT fake illnesses
PK didn't chose the lyme life, the lyme life chose her
white women... WOW!

My head is falling off but headstand
Porochista khakpour on living with a controversial diagnosis
PK is aiming for something new. Morgellons?
Where PK cries lead poisoning?
m00nracc00n's list o' posts


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Digging through trash, Reading your mail
Very solid 9/10 for me

I do feel like the list of diseases she claims to have runs on a bit maybe shorten it and add an etcetera.

Maybe you should add a spoiler block for the sort of woo she gets for lyme disease

At any rate I'm just nitpicking and I look forward to the thread.


a... brain - @StarkRavingMad
True & Honest Fan
Wow. Reading the updates on the larger GoFundMe, she's even claiming to have different strains of Lyme disease. "apparently some new West Coast strains I picked up at some point in NorCal most likely".

I'm not going to claim that's impossible, outdoorsmen regularly get hit by a strain of Lyme that hasn't hit them before, but I don't believe she was out and about in the Northern California woods setting up trail cams and climbing up into tree stands getting bitten on by ticks. The idea that she was more than a mile away from a cafe for long enough to get bitten by a tick carrying one strand of lyme is ludicrous enough, let alone two.

That said, pretty cute for her age, pity about the intense poisoning she has suffered from the culture and cocaine of the decadent West.


True & Honest Fan
Maybe I'm blind but where did she mention that she'd prefer to be mocked on KiwiFarms over reddit? Because that's a self awareness you rarely see in a cow. wow at calling us smarter than Reddit, though.


liar. obviously
I watched the Netflix show Afflicted and some of them I could be empathetic with and some of them were giant assholes. I wish she had been on the show, as I have a theory about this stuff being only seen in the privileged class.

I look forward to seeing more about this chick. I rarely get in on a munchie thread in the beginning, they're always several hundred pages by the time i have seen them (or, predate my registration) and too much to wade through.

Kate Farms Shill

"a professional troll" -
True & Honest Fan
I watched the Netflix show Afflicted and some of them I could be empathetic with and some of them were giant assholes. I wish she had been on the show, as I have a theory about this stuff being only seen in the privileged class.

I look forward to seeing more about this chick. I rarely get in on a munchie thread in the beginning, they're always several hundred pages by the time i have seen them (or, predate my registration) and too much to wade through.
I totally understand how it's possible to get it into your head that X is making you super sick. It's how so many people are convinced they have severe symptoms from MSG when it's a naturally occurring compound that's in seaweed, mushrooms, and tomatoes and why there's a booming gluten free food industry marketed to people who don't have Celiac but think gluten is somehow evil. I actually feel for some of those people. I also know it's possible that something really fucky is going on in your body and you blame it on an unrelated external force ex: someone i know has scleroderma and early into her illness when she was just having skin issues, she thought she was having a contact allergy to something in her skincare/bathing products or laundry detergent so she went super hippie no chemical until she got a proper dx.

However PK knows there's nothing wrong with her other than her drug use and poor lifestyle habits and demands everyone else pay for her shitty choices. No sympathy.

Why are munchies always female, I mean, there has to be at least on male munchie at some point
Males tend to malinger (ex they want drugs or money, not attention) therefore they don't generally make social media profiles of themselves showing off toys and languishing in bed. They only wear the sick costume in situations where they need to play sick and otherwise they just act normal. The males I know who are solely in it for attention and whore out their "illnesses" on social media are troons who seem to be deliberately following a female pattern of feigned illness, fragility, and helplessness to make themselves appear more womanly.