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 “iF 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
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When people discriminate against others who want to enjoy the same things as them, and usually gatekeepers use the dumbest reasons as excuses. Only justified when it's against Tiktok because 1. - Tiktok as a whole is ruining our youth and is useless to humanity, and 2. - it's not even a cause worth defending. Other than those instances, gate keeping is trash.
Gatekeeping sucks, don't do it.
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After visiting someone you leave with their gate and keep it for yourself.
I am a big fan of gatekeeping , i visited my mom a while back and took her wooden gate.
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Gatekeeping is a way of protecting cool things (like certain music, style, hobby...) used by the OGs.We protect these things from posers/trend followers/normies so they dont become mainstream.If you get mad at people who gatekeep you are one of those 3 things(poser/trend follower/normie).If you support it and use it you are probably an OG/real fan.
Mia:hey i was bullying you for being emo in middle school but now i like that style and im a goth.
Lela:no you are not a real goth you are just following trends and you will hop on the next trend when this ends so might as well stop embarrassing yourself and embarrassing all the real goths.

Mia:noo but i found myself this is what i like
Lela: no you didnt you was an egirl a month ago and a vsco girl 5 months ago that is not how this works

Mia:its the gatekeeping for me🧚 ♀️
Lela:shut the f up
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The act of protecting something so normies doesn't ruin it.
Normie: this is why this character is actually a transgender black male with autism, a thread
Cultured swine: this is why gatekeeping is good.
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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"
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When someone is an asshole enough to tell you that you don't have enough qualities to like what you want to like or be what you want to be, solely based on their opinions and experiences, even if they don't know as much about what said person aspires to like / be.
Person 1: I really like (insert band/artist here)
Person 2: Ok name every song, even the unreleased ones, how many words are in each song, and recite them word for word.
Person 1: um..
Person Two: FAKE FAN. You don't like them.

If you didn't pick up on this, Person 2 is a Gatekeeper
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