We'll fix XYZ... (also as pointed out by Reviewer 1 and addressing his comment as well).And the first author is a woman, no less! For shame.
I wish I could write back that I am not a man. But that would surely out me, as, really, there's only N women in my subfield and you can count them on two hands.
I accept that in this day and age "guy" and perhaps even "man" are gender-neutral - I've given up on those battles. But "his" and "he" are most definitely masculine in English.
Interestingly, this is from the same journal whose editor called me "Ms." and my male co-author "Dr.", even though we are both still PhD students. And the re-invtation from the editor again called me "Ms.", but at least he didn't call me "Mr."
Anyway, this is all quite entertaining. I've decided I'm going to keep a scorecard of times I'm referred to as a male after giving anonymous reviews. New category and all.
This month we are batting .250. Watch out for that Mendoza Line, authors!*
(*) Yes, I just made two sports analogies. Maybe I am male!