Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Emile Ratelband has launched a legal bid to change his age by 20 years in order to improve his chances with women on dating applications like Tinder and help with job prospects, according to reports in Dutch media.

In other words, he's using gender law to make a case for legally changing his age, and the reason will surprise you.

However, his local government does not agree with him and has denied his request of amending the age field on his documents.

The BBC reported a court will rule on the matter within a month.

The case has caused controversy in his homeland, with the Dutch edition of Vice, a news website, asking, "Is Emile Ratelband disturbed or accidentally extremely woke?"

Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender. Why can't I decide my own age?' Ratelband is quoted as saying.

They argued that if Ratelband's age was to be reduced, what would be the status of his early years then? "When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer", he said. "When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", Ratelband said. In Australia, for example, many older people struggle to find work once they reach their 50s and 60s, despite the fact that it is illegal for companies to specifically discriminate against candidates due to their age.

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The man described himself as young God and said his doctors said he has a body of 45-year-old!

He told the court that he "suffers" as a 69-year-old and has been feeling "20, 25 years younger" than his official age, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

The judge said that he had some sympathy with Mr Ratelband as people could now change their gender which would once have been unthinkable.

However, the judge argued that there would be problems from a legal standpoint if people were allowed to change their birth date.

"For whom did your parents care in those years? Who was that little boy back then?"

A ruling is expected within four weeks.

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