Bono, a self-proclaimed man, named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year

Every year, Glamour honors women who kick ass and change the world with its Women of the Year awards. But this year, the magazine changed it up a little, and is giving Bono a Woman of the Year award even though he is, by most accounts, a man. The magazine did specify that he was a Man of the Year, but it’s still sort of bullshit, even though I can see Glamour’s reasoning.

Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive told the Associated Press, “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, Leive, going with your gut instinct is usually the best way to go.

She continued, “You know, men get a lot of awards and aren’t exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department. But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who are doing really wonderful things for women these days.” Leive added, “Some men get it.” And this year, that man is Bono.

(Somewhere, Matt McGorry is crying into his “I’m With Her” T-shirt for not getting the award.)

In a piece explaining the reasoning behind Bono’s award, Christiane Amanpour points out that his charity, Poverty Is Sexist, helps women in poverty all over the world. His work for HIV/AIDS in Africa with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria also played into Glamour’s decision. It’s true that women bear the burden of poverty and women are also disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. So, thank you, Bono.

But how many awesome female founders and CEOs of non-profits and foundations are there that weren’t recognized? Let’s find a female non-profit leader next time. Better yet, let’s find a female non-profit founder of color. They’re out there, but they’re hard to find because no one makes lists of them or gives them awards because we give them to Bono. Sorry, am I screaming?

I get that to fight for the rights of a minority or oppressed population, sometimes you have to play with power to achieve your goals. In that case, honoring a man at an awards ceremony meant for women is a way of saying, “Thank you for caring about us.” But giving a man an award for caring about women’s rights is akin to giving a white cop an award for not being racist.

So, thank you for fighting the good fight, guys. But get out of our award ceremonies.