The first man ever to receive this distinction.
Bono, citizen of the world and man who infiltrated your iTunes two years ago without your request, will join Gwen Stefani and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, among others, as one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year. The U2 frontman is the first dude ever to be honored with this distinction, which was designed specifically to highlight women’s success.
“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. You know, men get a lot of awards and aren’t exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department,” says Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief. “But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days.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.”
Cool! (Not cool.) Especially not cool because this list also includes Emily Doe, the brave Stanford student who wrote a widely shared letter about her sexual assault by classmate Brock Turner which significantly changed the dialogue in America about believing survivors. To think that this would be downplayed by Bono’s whole Being A Man thing is kind of a shame.
This all feels a little too Ron Swanson-wins-the-Dorothy-Everton-Smythe-Woman-of-the-Year-Award in Parks and Recreation. Hopefully Bono goes Rono and makes sure it’s really about the women.