Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Emile Ratelband said he would have better luck on Tinder if his age was changed Image He said he would have better luck on Tinder if his age was changed. Pic Facebook Emile Ratelband
Ellis Copeland | 09 November, 2018, 07:06

A 69-year-old man is using the government's acceptance of gender reassignment in his bid to have his birthdate legally changed so he can appear 20 years younger on Tinder.

At least he didn't change his age to Forever 21!

Ratelband said that in exchange for being legally younger, he would agree to renounce his pension.

"If you don't like your name, you can change your name". Age discrimination, she says, happens only at certain points in your career, usually between 40, 50 or 60 years of age. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age".

He said: 'When I'm 69, I am limited.

The author, who described himself to the court as a "young god" and said a doctor had told him he had the body of a 45 year old, was asked by the judge about his childhood. Emile Ratelband told Dutch paper De Telegraaf.

Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru specializing in self-awareness, compares his attempt to turn back the clock to identifying as transgender.

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"Transgenders can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit, there should be room for an age change", he told The Telegraph.

Ratelband gave an interview to AD explaining his logic for changing his age. "Why can't I change my age if I want to?" That raises further questions as to whether he truly wants to change his legal age, or is instead conducting an elaborate stunt, whether for publicity or to make a point about "gender fluidity".

According to the report, a local court in the city of Arnhem is expected to rule on the case within four weeks.

When it was pointed out to him that his request could be considered offensive by transgender people, Ratelband brushed off the concerns, because, well, he's looking for love online. Ratelband says he told the court that the world has changed and people are "more independent" too. "But I'm not going to lie on Tinder".

Such is the sexagenarian's belief in his cause, that he said he is willing to take it to the highest courts in Europe.

The life coach, who specialises in "self awareness" training, said he felt discriminated against because of his advanced years. "Who was that little boy?" he was quoted as saying.

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