Glamour's 2016 Women of the Year list honoring inspiring females includes Gwen Stefani, Simone Biles, model Ashley Graham, the woman sexually assaulted by Brock Turner, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, and … Bono. For the first time in 27 years, the magazine has named a Man of the Year because not doing so would be an "outdated way of looking at things," editor-in-chief Cindi Leive says, per the BBC. Bono—awarded for his decades of work toward equality, including through his Poverty Is Sexist campaign—says he's "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," but "I'm sure I don't deserve it." Plenty of others agree.
"With only 3.7 billion women it must be tough to find a worthy one," reads one sarcastic tweet. The move was also decried by Guardian columnist Elle Hunt, who writes, "Either men’s rights activists are a big market for magazines, or I’m missing something." Leive probably expected as much. "For years our Women of the Year Advisory Board—made up of 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," she writes on Glamour's website, per the Independent. "But these days most women want men—no, need men—in our tribe." Adds Bono, "We're largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions." (Last year's awards were also controversial.)