Dutch Man Wants To Legally Change His Age

Dutch Man Wants To Legally Change His Age

The life coach, who specialises in "self awareness" training, said he felt discriminated against because of his advanced years, adding that while he does not need dating apps, the custom of giving his age to a prospective lover was cramping his style.

Ratelband cites several reasons as to why he wants to lower his age from 69 years to 49 years.

In an unprecedented case in the Netherlands, Emile Ratelband told a tribunal that he wants to shift his birth date two decades later to Mar 11, 1969. After all, Ratelband says, "When I'm on Tinder and say I'm 69, I don't get an answer". If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto.

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

Mr Ratelbrand also argued in court that because of his age, companies were unwilling to hire him and he also had few matches on Tinder.

Mr Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru, converted to Buddhism earlier this year and is a trainer in neurolinguistic programming. My biological age is 45.

A local court in the city of Arnhem, south-east of Amsterdam, is expected to rule on the case within four weeks.

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Ratelband said while he was initially greeted by "jeers" from magistrates, he now believes his lawyer - famous criminal lawyer Jan-Hein Kuijpers had "unsettled" the judge.

Ratelband is a pensioner and has said that if he does get to legally change his age, he will stop claiming the pension.

The judge expressed his sympathy for Mr Ratelband's argument, conceding legally changing sex was unthinkable just a few years ago.

"Maybe they say, 'You have weak muscles for 49 years, '" Ratelband muses.

When I'm 69, I am limited. "Who was that little boy then?" the judge asked. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle. "I can take up more work", he said.

He also said he was willing to renounce his right to a pension to ensure there were no unforeseen consequences of his age change.

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