I thought I had missed some serious gossip regarding the gender of U2’s frontman when I heard the news he’s been awarded Woman Of The year 2016 by Glamour Magazine! Bono is a woman?! Where have I been??
Thankfully he is still a man and always has been, he hasn’t changed sex or been hiding a long kept secret (would have been pretty cool though!) – he’s been given the award as an ‘honorary woman’ due to his endless campaigning on behalf of Women’s rights worldwide. This is pretty newsworthy and ever so slightly strange?
Bono is one of Glamour magazine’s women of the year alongside some amazing women – the three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, five-time Olympic medal winner Simone Biles and Nadia Murad, an amazing lady nominated for the Nobel peace prize after escaping capture by Isis, to name a few.
There is no doubt that Bono works hard on behalf of women who still don’t have the voice and the rights they should; but is awarding this coveted title to a man surely only weakening its entire point and everything it stands for? Or is the magazine right to set an example through him and hope that more men act in the same way to achieve the end result of equality for both sexes?
Bono has previously stated that equality for women will only be fully achieved when men truly get on board and lead the way – which some say is ironic in itself and only reinforces the patriarchy. Others have commented on social media that the vision of a man accepting the award when there are so many women out there who do great work in the same field is devaluing the whole premise.
Bono won "Woman of the Year" and Wonder Woman is a UN ambassador. If only there were real, live, human women to celebrate.
— Melissa Royle (@melissaroyle) November 2, 2016
Because the only thing that could make an award for women even more special is giving it to a man. via @tillywrites https://t.co/NposIwuNTQ
— Dafydd Foster Evans (@DFosterEvans) November 1, 2016
Would love to hear what you think ladies?