As many already know, The Glamour awards is hosted every year by the Glamour magazine. Each year they hand out different awards to honor extraordinary and inspirational women from a variety of fields, including entertainment, business, sports, music, science, medicine, education, and politics.
This year, Glamour put a twist on it and awarded lead singer of U2’s, Bono. The naming of the rock star to Glamour’s Women of the Year has stirred up a lot of controversy.
This year, U2’s singer, Bono will joing a group of women including Gwen Stefani, Simone Biles, and the standford sexual assault survivor now known as “Emily Doe” who will be honored at the ceremony in Los Angeles on November 14.
The rock star was praised for his creation of the Poverty is Sexist, a campaign that is focused on documenting the link between gender and poverty and offering support to the world’s poorest women, those who survive on less than $2 a day. “Women bear the burdens of poverty,” Bono says, meaning they are far less likely than men to have access to food, clean water, education, and health care; laws in many parts of the world don’t protect them from sexual violence or allow them to own the land they work. By establishing Poverty Is Sexist, Bono is making it clear that powerful men can, and should, take on these deep-rooted issues. It’s the first time in the awards’ 27 years that Glamour has enshrined a man alongside its annual roster of accomplished women.
The advisory board, made up of past winners and Glamour’s editors, had resisted for a while a Man of the Year award. For years they explained that “on the grounds that men aren’t exactly hurting for awards in this world, and that here at Glamour, the tribe we’re into celebrating is female.”
In the magazines offense of choosing Bono, they have expalined that beyond Bono’s specific work, it was simply time to recognize the importance of men in the fight for women’s equality, that they are not just helpful but necessary for the success of feminism: “Four years our Women of the Year Advisory Board made up past winners, plus our editors – has put the kibosh on naming a Man of the Year on the grounds that men aren’t exactly hurting for awards in this world, and that here at Glamour, the tribe we’re into celebrating is female. But these days most women want men – no, need me – in our tribe. When the president declared himself a femenist, when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decisions to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide –well, that’s the worth celebrating. We’re proud to name that rock star, Bono, our first Man of the Year.”
But across social media, many women weren’t exactly amused by the Bono award and didn’t sit well with it. A few even reiterated the very point made (and then dismissed) by Glamour itself: that men aren’t suffering from a lack of attention or celebration in our society.
“Where there not enough women they had to give the Women of the Year award to Bono?” one person tweeted.
CNN’S Christiane Amanpur wrote a piece for Glamour defending her friend Bono. Pointing to his Poverty is Sexist Cmpaign aimed at helping the world’s poorest women, Amanpour sid he’s the perfect choice for the award. “I’m sure I don’t deserve it,” she quoted Bono as saying. “But 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. We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.”