Glamour has released their list of Women of the Year for 2016, which includes notable inspirational feminists like Simone Biles, model Ashley Graham, Gwen Stefani (sure), and Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, the founders of the Black Lives Matter organization. Zendaya, “Emily Doe” (the woman who penned the powerful open letter to her rapist, Brock Turner), fashion mogul Miuccia Prada, and Nadia Murad, “the woman who stood up to ISIS” were also on the list. There was even a lifetime achievement award for Christine Lagarde, the first female finance minister of France and the first female managing director of the IMF.
But literally none of that matters because the list is topped by the most feminist feminist to ever feminist: Bono.
Finally, a powerful woman we can relate to, amirite?
Interestingly, the Glamour list has always included a man. Last year’s Man of the Year was, perplexingly, Calvin Harris. But this year, they just decided to include their male honoree in the women’s category because separating them “started to seem like that might be an outdated way of looking at things.”
Bono made the list for founding the Poverty Is Sexist campaign, helping the world’s poorest women. Bono himself said of the award, “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.”
That’s a great sentiment, and one I totally agree with. Personally, it doesn’t feel like we’ve come quite far enough to start eliminating spaces that have historically existed to shine an otherwise lacking spotlight on women. Plus, the logic of honoring a man trying to fight against the patriarchy by giving him an award usually designated for women is getting my lady-brain all tangled up.
Does Glamour Magazine know giving Bono the "Woman of the year" award for trying to undo patriarchy undercuts the entire point of the award?— Travon Free (@Travon) November 1, 2016
But what do I know about feminism and womanhood? I mean, I’m no Bono.