Robert Stam and Louise Spence:

“A sequence in Masculine, Feminine shows a blonde white woman in the metro accompanied by two black men. At the conclusion of the sequence, a shot of the woman’s hand holding a revolver gives way to the sound of gunfire and a title: ‘Nothing but a Woman/and a Man/And a Sea of Blood.’ Andrew Sarris, in his account of the sequence, ignores the visual and written evidence that it is a woman who weilds the gun: ‘…a Negro nationalist draws out a gun with phallic fury in the metro.” Here, cultural expectations inform the very perceptions of the viewer, who projects his own racial and sexual expectations onto the film.”

From “Colonialism, Racism and Representation: An Introduction”, Screen 24.2 (1988)