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I was hoping this group of educated people could help me find another phrase for "I identify as". Ideally I'm looking for a phrase to replace this one that's used in the transgender community. Personally, I am a cis woman who just wants to word things another way. Bing GPT wasn't very helpful:

  • I see myself as
  • I consider myself to be
  • I view myself as
  • I regard myself as
  • I define myself as
  • I describe myself as
  • I label myself as
  • I categorize myself as
  • I classify myself as
  • I perceive myself as

These just don't have the right ooomf or meaning.

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    Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Dec 5, 2023 at 1:59
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    Why wouldn't I am a... work? If you could add details to explain what exactly you're looking for, and why the classic I identify as... doesn't work, it would be helpful. Dec 5, 2023 at 2:07
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    Why don't they have the right "ooomf"? What "ooomf" are you looking for?
    – alphabet
    Dec 5, 2023 at 2:25
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    We can't answer questions about "ooomf" but we can about meaning. What meaning do you want? Why?
    – Stuart F
    Dec 5, 2023 at 9:10
  • Your insights are helpful,, thank you. A little more clarification, if you don't mind. In no way am I trying to take away from the trans community by making fun of or belittling the phrase that they have taken over "I identify as...". However I've seen bumper stickers that say "I identify as a racecar" and find it very funny! Or a tshirt that says "I identify as a toaster" and thought that was a hoot. The rainbow is now symbolic of the gay community (and reading rainbow). And it seems that the phrase "I identify as" is now part of the Trans community. This is why I'm searching.
    – sundawning
    Dec 8, 2023 at 1:40

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These just don't have the right ooomf or meaning.

Your question contains your answer:

Personally, I am a cis woman...

The simplest, clearest, most direct and concise way of saying this is I am.

Consider what the other phrases imply:

I consider... and the like leave open the possibility that others disagree with you. But what right have others to define you? Don't allow them to weaken your sense of self. I am... is all you need.

I define... is furthermore redundant. Saying I am X defines you. Adding I define doesn't change that, but it does still call attention to the possibility that others may disagree.

Short, simple, concise, direct: I am is fine all by itself.

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  • I am can work in some contexts, but I identify as carries some implications that I am does not, and it seems that the OP wishes to capture these implications.
    – jsw29
    Jan 4 at 17:40
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Given the 10 alternatives you suggest, it's a bit hard to understand how to capture the "oomf" you're looking for. However, a variation of your proposed

I define myself as ...

is

I am defined by ...

or

I am defined as ...

This has the "oomf" that it purports to be a statement of objective fact, rather than your interpretation. The latter two place imply a third-party definition, rather than a first-person one. Again, "oomf" here could use clarification.

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    I am defined as really doesn't work, though. It implies that others are foisting the pronouns upon the OP. Dec 5, 2023 at 3:25
  • Exactly, yes. The "oomf" is third party. Removes the first person opinion, and dissociates any interest.
    – jimm101
    Dec 5, 2023 at 3:37
  • Your insights are helpful,, thank you. A little more clarification, if you don't mind. In no way am I trying to take away from the trans community by making fun of or belittling the phrase that they have taken over "I identify as...". However I've seen bumper stickers that say "I identify as a racecar" and find it very funny! Or a tshirt that says "I identify as a toaster" and thought that was a hoot. The rainbow is now symbolic of the gay community (and reading rainbow). And it seems that the phrase "I identify as" is now part of the Trans community. This is why I'm searching.
    – sundawning
    Dec 8, 2023 at 1:29
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One formula that many trans people use (IME) is to introduce themself by name, then state their pronoun. For example "I'm Alex, he/him" or "I'm Robin, they/them".

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  • Considering that this answer is a report of truth gained from experience, rather than an expression of opinion, please could the downvoter explain their DV?
    – Rosie F
    Jan 10 at 6:16
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Do it like Helen Reddy . . .

  1. Start with I am.
  2. Add your noun identity.
  3. Delete any articles (e.g. a).

. . . I Am Woman

See also: Wikipedia—I Am Woman

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    This works as a song lyric. If you try to use it in conversation you sound like Tarzan.
    – Barmar
    Dec 5, 2023 at 18:32
  • @Barmar — The idea is to subvert the “label” by turning it into an adjective. I am strong. I am invincible. I am woman. Surely I am male does not sound like Tarzan to you. I am cisgender. I am genderqueer. etc. Dec 6, 2023 at 1:01
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    They don't sound weird because they already are adjectives. To use a noun after "I am", we normally add an article: "I am a woman" or "I am the President". Tarzanish involves leaving out verbs ("You Jane") and articles, and incorrect conjugation ("Me Tarzan")
    – Barmar
    Dec 6, 2023 at 15:59
  • @Barmar The most obvious scenario for when you can use a noun without any article after be is when it's construed to be a position or rank. I am President. I am King. I am Captain. I am Headmaster. Those may read somewhat better if followed by something limiting or explaining where that rank applies, like here or for life or pro tem or of this school or of the swim team or of this life raft or of the hill.
    – tchrist
    Jan 5 at 6:27

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