"Men can't step back and leave it to women alone to clean up the mess we've made and are still making," he writes for "Time" magazine.
Bono gets it. The U2 singer is fully aware that it's hard to sound sympathetic to the plight of those less fortunate when you're a white millionaire rock star. That said, the tireless social justice warrior has a thing or four to say about the current #MeToo moment in an impassioned essay he penned for Time magazine entitled: "Why It's Time for Men to Step Up for Women Too."
"I am not a masochist, and clearly as a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band I prefer the roar of the stadium’s affection to the whistles and boos of town-hall politics," he writes. "But I must say I quite enjoyed the trouble I got into about a year ago when I was the lone man honored as part of Glamour’s Women of the Year awards. My favorite trash-talking tweet came from a woman who said that in my defense, my glasses did make me look like a 75-year-old granny from Miami. Or another who said it was inspiring how I’d overcome 'the adversity of being a millionaire white dude.'"
Undeterred, the 57-year-old rock icon was glad for the opportunity to light a match in the debate about what role men play in the fight for gender equality. "It seemed obvious to me that the sex who created the problem might have some responsibility for undoing it," he says. "Men can't step back and leave it to women alone to clean up the mess we've made and are still making. Misogyny, violence and poverty are problems we can't solve at half-strength, which is the way we've been operating for a few millennia now."