I'm all in favor of blind submissions, perhaps because I'm a person with many biases. I think especially for a publication system aspiring to reflect a feminist community, blind submissions are necessary to ensure that we really are offering spaces based on the merit of the work as opposed to the author's personal or career history. In addition to influencing the decisions of the submissions team, sometimes submissions attached to a particular name can deeply impact the experience of reviewing and editing.
For example, I used to work at a publishing house in Wisconsin. My boss was good friends with an old professor of mine. I had known my professor for years - and when he submitted his novel to the editorial department, I was shocked to find scenes that featured (pearl-clutching...) graphic sex, violence, and extreme situations. It was very difficult, initially, to work through the manuscript while maintaining an attitude of professionalism. Fortunately he had already been published with our company and his book was a follow up, so the responsbility of accepting the piece for publication was out of my hands. But it was very challenging to make editorial suggestions when I knew the same professor had been over my work a thousand times..
Also, in the MFA program, it's occasionally difficult for me to separate a writer from his or her work. Ie: when I'm reading one of Chris's submissions, I can hear him narrating in my head. This is problematic when the voice that Chris has constructed is a child, a female, or a raspy old woman. So yeah, sometimes knowing the author prohibits my absorption in the story's reality, based on my relationships with my peers. Sometimes this positions me as more of a critic than I would otherwise be - simply because the glamour of reading a short story is tempered by the knowledge that is has not yet been published and belongs to one of my friends. Maybe sometimes that makes me more critical than receptive... Either way, blind submissions are the way to go for DIN. And maybe for all smaller literary magazines that don't pay.