Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dutch Man Wants To Legally Change His Age

Dutch Man Wants To Legally Change His Age

"If I put my age on Tinder, women say "you're much too old", he told Euronews. The man also said he could have a new shot at life, that would allow him to buy a new house or get a new job.

Doctors had told him his body was that of a 45-year-old man, Ratelband argued.

Emile Ratelband wants his official age of 69 to be adjusted with his "emotional age" of 49.

Dutch showman and self-styled "motivational guru" Emile Ratelband has hit headlines around the world with a court case to have his age officially cut by 20 years.

A court is expected to rule on his case within four weeks. We even have the right to change our name.

According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Ratelband says that he believes that he is a "young god", and should have the age to fit his physique, which he clearly believes is impressive.

Ratelband pointed out that transgender people are allowed to change their legal sex, citing self-identification as their grounds: those who identify themselves as a person of another gender, are allowed to insist on being treated, for all legal purposes, as a person with that gender.


"I'm so convinced of myself and my reasons are well thought out", he said.

Mr Ratelband claims he is discriminated against because of his age and encounters problems in Dutch society on a daily basis.

Ratelband told AFP that telling his real biological age to a prospective date was cramping his style. "When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", he said. I can take up more work.

"Who were your parents looking after then?"

And he added that a change to his age would also be good news for the Dutch government as he would be renouncing his pension until he reaches retirement age again. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age". Who was that little boy back then?' the judge asked.

We'll just have to wait for the court's ruling to find out whether Ratelband gets to drive whatever auto it is that he thinks 49-year-olds are allowed to drive that 69-year-olds aren't.

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