Man, 69, wants to legally reduce age to boost dating chances
Man, 69, wants to legally reduce age to boost dating chances
Emile Ratelband 69 says he identifies as a 45-year-old
08 November, 2018, 23:53
Ratelband's argument hinges on transgender people's ability to now change their genders on their birth certificates.
Another motivation for changing his age is the fact that the father of seven has another two children on the way, both by surrogates.
Ratelband told AFP that telling his real biological age to a prospective date was cramping his style.
Doctors had told him his body was that of a 45-year-old man, Ratelband argued.
If I want to renew my driving licence at 69, it's hard.
On Monday, he asked a court in his hometown of Arnhem, in the east of the country, for his date of birth to be changed from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1960.
Crucially for Ratelband, his legal age is allegedly negatively affecting work opportunities, as well as his success on dating apps like Tinder.
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On Tinder, he says he gets no responses from prospective ladies - all because of his age. 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.
The single father, who said he has tried in vain to stop his basic pension, told the tribunal on Monday that his petition was "legitimate", likening his bid for a legal remedy to people who register a change of official gender. "Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age", he was quoted as saying by Dutch newspaperDe Telegraaf on Oct 27.
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.
The BBC reported a court will rule on the matter within a month. "I can take up more work", he said. "Who was that little boy back then?"
Emile Ratelband, a media personality and motivational speaker, finds his actual age of 69 very limiting and has filed a lawsuit to have it legally lowered by twenty years. When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.
The pensioner also said he would renounce his pension if he switched his birth date.
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