Fandom Police

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Synonyms: fannish policing, policing fandom
See also: purity, Fandom Wank, Ship Wars, Antishipping, Dogpiling, Callout Culture
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Often in fannish conflict, one or both sides may claim that the other is acting as Fandom Police, repressing or censoring other fans. This sometimes occurs during Ship Wars. It can also be used sarcastically, referring to older fans or BNFs as gatekeepers, or the non-existence of any formal regulation of fandom.

In the mid-2010s, a Purity Culture in Fandom arose, mainly on Tumblr, arguing that problematic content, such as rape, incest, or under-age sex, should not be allowed anywhere including Archive Of Our Own. Proponents of this view were sometime called Fandom Police.

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