Glamour's Woman of the Year is an annual list of game-changing, breakthrough women. So, why the hell is Bono being honored? The U2 frontman is being called the magazine's first-ever Man of the Year and it's totally ridiculous.
Glamour points to Bono's humanitarian work, which includes advocacy for AIDS drugs in Africa and Poverty Is Sexist, a new campaign aimed at aiding women in poverty. "By establishing Poverty Is Sexist, Bono is making it clear that powerful men can, and should, take on these deep-rooted issues."
That's all well and good but does it really warrant a prize; especially from a platform dedicated to women? Do we need to publicly honor rich, white guys (who win like, every award anyways) for caring about issues that—gasp—don't affect them personally? That's the definition of privilege.
“I’m grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women," Bono says. "We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.” So, let me get this straight: Men have created gender inequality so let's pat them on the head to make it all better.
“I’m sure I don’t deserve it,” Bono says about winning Man of the Year. He's got that right.
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