Man seeks age change to get dates in the Netherlands.
And he has gone to the courts to try to become younger legally.
Twenty years to be precise.
His name is Emile Ratelband.
He is a self-styled positivity guru and TV personality.
To him age is just a number.
He has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve that his age changes to 49 from 69.
He explains his reason this way.
“If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car … When I’m on Tinder (a dating app) and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer.”
“With this free(dom) of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age. I want to control myself,” he says.
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Transgender people are allowed to change their sex, he says.
So why should he not be able to change his age.
And besides his doctors have told him he has the body of a 45-year-old.
The case has gone to a court in the city of Arnhmen.
This is the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.
And Ratelband’s decision caused some controversy.
The Dutch edition of Vice, a news website, says,”Is Emile Ratelband disturbed or accidentally extremely woke?”
But he rejects the notion that his effort is nothing but a publicity stunt.
“Now I’m an old man. I have to save my money to give to my kids so that they can live,” says the father of seven.
“But If I have that age again, I have hope again. I’m new again. The whole future is there for me again.”
Also the Dutch government would benefit.
He says he’d be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of $1,370 (U.S.)
And that would amount to $343,000 (U.S.) over the 20-year period he wants shaved off.
He launched the court case after Dutch authorities refused the amend his age on official documents.
The court is expected to issue a ruling in about four weeks.