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When someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or does not have access or rights to a community or identity.
"I love punk bands like Green Day!"
"Ugh, they're not even punk. They totally sold out."

"Oh man, I love Harry Potter. I am such a geek!"
"Hardly. Talk to me when you're into theoretical physics."

"Erika Moen is my favorite queer cartoonist."
"She's not queer, she married a man!"
"Quit your gatekeeping. No one died and made you Queen of the Gays!"
by sarahalyse March 02, 2012
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A word used to describe when someone sets a standard/limit on what someone must do to call themselves a 'true fan' of something/someone.
Joe: So what TV shows do you like?
Erin: Well, I'm a huge fan of Doctor Who. I also...
Joe: Doctor Who? I LOVE that show. When did you start watching.
Erin: Back in 2005 when the show was restarted.
Joe: Ah, you see, I was watching the classic series long before then. You can't really call yourself a true fan.

Erin: But I have a ton of the merchandise, and I've met David Tennant...
Joe: Oh, you're a fan definitely but not a proper fan. We've been there since long before the BBC revived the show.
Ted: Dude, stop gatekeeping the show. A fan is a fan. You don't need to set a standard.
by WatcherMark October 27, 2018
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A term created by people who were exposed as riding along with something for alternative reasons in an exploitative fashion. Examples include sluts cosplaying skimpy outfits for characters they know nothing about just for male attention and to sell stuff to cucks and betas. Also used as a buzzword by the average guy beta to cry out and try to impress said faker being exposed in the hopeless expectation it'll get him laid.
Real fan: Wow what a good Yoko Littner cosplay! How did you make your costume???
Attention whoring cosplay slut: Oh I just paid someone with actual talent to do it. Also, who's Yoko Littner???
Real fan: Wait you don't even know the name of the character you're cosplaying...?
Sea of cucks: GATEKEEPING GATEKEEPING REEEEE! WE HAVE DEFENDED YOUR HONOR M'LADY NOW WE AWAIT OUR REWARD OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE!
Attention whoring cosplay slut: lololol that's not happening, but if you act now, you can buy my photoshopped pictures for the low low price of 999.99$ (original price 1000$)!
Sea of cucks: SOLD!
Real fans: What a bunch of fucking cucks.

Urbandictionary cucks: UGH THIS DEFINITION EXPOSED US EVERYONE KEEP DOWNVOTING IT
Winners: Nah, we’re gonna keep upvoting it =) y’all ain’t ever gonna win.
by Assey McGee May 11, 2019
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When someone takes it upon themselves to decide who has access to something
Gatekeeping is literally just:

YOU'RE NOT A REAL (insert something here) IF YOU DON’T (insert completely arbitrary thing here)!!!1!1!11!
by KomaKing March 12, 2019
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The act of talking to a friend or peer who is taking a shit.
Person 1: *answers phone* "hello"
Person 2: "hey, whats up?"
Person 1: "nothing really, just sittin around."
Person 2: "WRONG! your gatekeeping again."
Person 1: "ewwww"
by Ndyah Hcaz June 10, 2010
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