Sarah Silverman is literally filling her gender pay gap with a penis. The comedian undergoes gender reassignment surgery in a campaign ad for the Equal Payback Project.
“We typically make 78 cents to every dollar a man makes in almost every profession,” Silverman saying quoting dubious statistics.
A small disclaimer on the bottom of the screen affirms this figure is an average based on all women and varies based on profession. In fact, women actually make more than men in professions such as counselors and health technicians, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There is virtually no pay gap for childless unmarried women like Silverman, who has estimated net worth of $10 Million far more than the average comedian. Furthermore, a study by Yale University showed the disparity between male and female job candidates was greatest when women were doing the hiring.
“Every year the average women loses around $11,000 to the wage gap,” Silver continues. “Over the course of the working years of her life that’s almost 500 grand. That’s a $500,000 vagina tax.”
Silverman suggests raising $30 trillion to women back for the money they’re owed but if somehow they don’t meet their statistically impossible goal, the money will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), which advocates for legislation such as the Paycheck Fairness Act. But she’s not waiting around for the laws to change. She’s taking things into her own hands. Silverman peruses penis prostheses including the very large “Seinfeld” model but she opts for the European style with 3 very large balls.
“It’s gonna take a lot of balls to tell women that the wage gap is fair,” she explains to her doctor.
“The wage gap is stubborn, it’s persistent and it’s outrageous,” says NWLC co-president Marcia D. Greenberger. “We’re thrilled that Sarah Silverman is bringing her prodigious talents and brand of irreverent humor to bear on a very serious issue for women and their families. We hope she opens hearts and minds—and a few pocketbooks—to provide the resources to close the wage gap once and for all.”
Silverman should be less worried about penis size and more about her actual size. Short people make nearly $1,000 less for every inch in height, according to study by Australian National University. At just 5′ 7″ she’ll still be getting short end of the stick so to speak.
Last Week with John Oliver recently suggested drawing attention to the gender pay gap by issuing women monopoly money known as Ladybucks, which is worth a slightly more representative 83 cents on the dollar.