Glamour Magazine recently named U2’s frontman, Bono, Woman of the Year.
Yes, Bono — the cis male, heterosexual music star — has “earned” the title of Woman of the Year.
While it may not be the Nobel Prize for Feminism, the title has been bestowed upon Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Stanford rape survivor Emily Doe and awesome feminista Zendaya. Aside from the incredible excellence of each of these women (and/or possibly femmes), they have the shared experiences of knowing what it is to be told that you cannot be as good as a man, to be the object of sexual harassment (or worse) and to be treated as lesser simply because of their gender.
This is not a struggle that Bono would know.
Sure, Bono has done things to help women. His Poverty Is Sexist campaign is important. There are a lot worse things in this world that rich white men could be doing with their money. It’s cool that Bono and his band make an effort to offset their wealth in some fairly big ways. However, it should be noted that Bono and the rest of the band have several dubious tax shelters that they funnel a bit of their wealth through. Their African charities may suffer as a consequence, but their wallets won’t.
“We’ve talked for years about whether to honor a man at Women of the Year and we’ve always kind of put the kibosh on it,” Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive says of the decision. “You know, men get a lot of awards and aren’t exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department. But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days. Some men get it, and Bono is one of those guys.”
Because rich white guys aren’t recognized enough, amirite?
Bono’s tried to play it cool, but he’s damn sure not about to say “Thanks, but no thanks” in order to make sure that a woman is honored instead. “I’m sure I don’t deserve it,” but feels that it is “a chance to say the battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women. We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.”
Glamour’s other 2016 Women of the Year include fashion designer Miuccia Prada, IMF chief Christine Lagarde, ISIS kidnap survivor Nadia Murad, Black Lives Matter activists Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi and model and body activist Ashley Graham.