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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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Intelligence agency term for "psychological operation". A government or corporate-sponsored operation, usually taking the form of a "terrorist attack" or "crazed gunman on a spree", with the intent of panicking the public into demanding more police and laws inhibiting freedom. Psyops are usually carried out by drugging a civilian or group of civilians with aggression-promoting drugs, psyching them up, arming them, and sending them out to commit mayhem. Government-sponsored terrorism. See also blackshirts, conspiracy
Person A: Man, that nutcase Martin Bryant guy shot 35 people in Tasmania!

Person B: No, he wasn't a nutcase, that was just a psyop so the government could have an excuse to ban guns.
by Mystikan April 11, 2006
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When someone uses a hobby or interest as a means of elevating themselves above others to give oneself a sense of being superior transforming their passion or knowledge about a particular subject into an ugly tool of self-inflation.
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by TOLOLOLOLOLO August 09, 2019
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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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When someone limits people from certain hobbies/memories/activities over something as small as the year that they were born in.

Gatekeeping is frowned upon, so I don't recommend doing it. It's also a really stupid thing to do.
Example of gatekeeping:
Anyone born in 2007 is a tide pod eating 2010 kid who doesn't deserve to have a opinion.

Please don't gatekeep, its really rude and immature. I just wanted to show an example of how gatekeeping is used.
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by Lemonade_m0uth06 September 13, 2020
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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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Gatekeeping is when someone takes it upon themselves to decide who does or who does not have access or rights to a community or identity. The type of gatekeeping I see are the birthdate gatekeeping like β€œiF yOu wErE bOrN iN 2o08. yOu wErE tHe lAsT pEoPlE tO hAvE a DeCent cHiLdHoOd”
early 2007 born (January-April): man... I miss the early 2010s...
late 2007 born (September-December): me too man...
early 2007 born: stfu you had to grow up in the late 2010s because you are literally next year so take it and

mid 2007 born (may-august): all people born in our year and the neighbouring years had a similar experience while growing up. gatekeeping shouldn’t matter
by Jaydererererererererererereren January 21, 2021
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