Loving Football When It Doesn’t Love You Back: Natalie Shields with David Shields
Where: McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.
212-274-1160 Price: Free
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Women and athletes share a similar fate: They’re taught to base much, if not all, of their self-worth on the perfection of their bodies. In Loving Football, Natalie Shields explores what it’s like to be a woman who loves sports — especially football, which struggles with a multitude of off-the-field problems. Four distinct but linked chapters make connections between athletics, physicality, femininity, and violence. By juxtaposing brutal subject matter with exquisite visuals, including photography, illustration, and hand-lettering, Shields gracefully tackles the complicated dynamic of loving something that treats you poorly.