OP. Good point. From what I've read, there may have been problems with the paper as first submitted. But one complaint from the researchers was that instead of being directed to areas where their methodology needed addressing - or their paper being rejected on the basis of the quality of research - they were told to "get a man to read it" (which, incidentally they had already done, via male colleagues).
So yes, now it will be difficult to review the paper on its own merits. Sexism still manages to distort the playing field, even when its adherents are put to the task.