SPA and Workshops seem to have a good bit of overlay in them.
Agreeing with you, you are correct the events listed as "spouse activities" could be done by anyone, and should probably be reworded not because it's supposedly offensive but because it makes logical sense to call it something else, like "non-gamer events."
I vote for changing the name to "Side Quests".
I like "Non-Gamer Events" as well, but "Side Quests" has a nice ring to it and goes with the overall geeky theme of GenCon.
I usually don't comment on these kinds of post but my dumb questions are do the people creating and running any of the numerous events and the reoccurring people that constantly do some of these events every year have an issue with the naming would be my thought process.
There is a difference between segregation and segmentation and I think the current labeling, intentional or not, makes it fall into the former category.
For one, it automatically states that the only reason you are there is because of someone else. It connotes an "Other" that isn't very welcoming or inclusive. It seems to say "Fine, you don't like gaming. Go over here and don't bother us."
If it's truly meant to be a category meant to be inclusive and welcoming to those that don't game, or just need a break from all the gaming over four days, it should be labeled as such.
"Non-gaming activities" seems to fit the bill nicely. It takes out the pretext of why you are there.
""Non-gaming activities" seems to fit the bill nicely. It takes out the pretext of why you are there."
Ya know, there is a difference between segregation and segmentation and I think your labeling, intentional or not, makes it fall into the former category.
It connotes an "Other" that isn't very welcoming or inclusive.
It seems to say "Fine, you don't like gaming. Go over here and don't bother us."
"I'm not understanding the point you are trying to make. "
I am sorry to read that.
Especially considering what you wrote in an earlier post.
Is that better? :)
I agree that the name should be changed and have felt that way since I saw the category. The events within the category are fun (I've done a few), but it would be easy enough to come up with a different name. I won't wade into the argument about whether the term and the events in the category are gendered or not, but why even imply that if you attend as a couple, one person is not going to be into gaming?
While I don’t really care either way... I vote for “Side Quests”.
If I am a spouse, shouldn't I take pride as being one and not see the convention trying to cover up my identity with event labels that hide what I am?
So the overall point I am going to make is that ultimately, you will not be able to please everyone because someone somewhere will find an issue with it and try to change the whole world to suit their very specific view. On paper, this category is NOT gender/role specific (of which I am grateful for) so to champion an overhaul is really quite a waste of time/energy because if it isn't broke, don't fix it.
Renaming it - or combining it with other categories - potentiallly contributes to an overwhelming number of events or introduces friction to a particular segment of attendees for which reducing friction may be a key requirement.
My experience was the same as xcoconutmonkey06x - when my wife first started attending Gen Con, rather than pointing her at 16000 events, I started by pointing her to Spouse and Partner Activities (SPA) events and she was really excited about it. That curation mattered.
Today, she navigates the entire catalog like I do - but that first time, that curation made a big difference.
Names like “Side Quests” and “Non-Gamer Events” are cute - but don’t reflect the value of curation.
Ok I'm really annoyed because all this time I thought the Spouse category was couple activities and didn't realize what that category really was. I'm regretting all the events from that category I would have done had I realized what the title actually meant. That is so misleading!
I mention it because it just so happens that the first few events listed on Thursday as Spouse Activities are stereotypical female things. It's not until you look at a different web page view and see ALL the Spouse Activities that you realize it really is gender neutral and encompassing.
At least for me (and maybe the OP) that unfortunate timing is part of what lead me to turn my head and say, "Ummmmm..."
In the grand scheme of things it's small, but I really do think that "Non-gamer Activities" or "Side-Quests" would just avoid this and other above mentioned confusions.
Take it or leave it, it's not a hill I'm going to die on, just offering my perspective.