Friday, 16 November, 2018

Dutch man, 69, brings lawsuit to lower his age 20 years

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
Pablo Mccormick | 08 November, 2018, 17:54

Mr Ratelband argues he feels discriminated against because of his age, and that it was affecting his employment chances and his success rate on the dating app, Tinder. The man has approached a local Amsterdam court to reduce his age.

We even have the right to change our name.

The judge conceded that the ability to change gender was a development in the law. "Why not your age?"

Mr Ratelband claims he is discriminated against because of his age and encounters problems in Dutch society on a daily basis. He wants to change his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969. After all, Ratelband says, "When I'm on Tinder and say I'm 69, I don't get an answer. When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", Ratelband told BBC News. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto.

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The judge said he had some sympathy with Ratelband, but added there would be practical problems in allowing people to change their birth date, as it would mean legally deleting part of their lives.

The case has gone to a court in Arnhmen, Gelderland, where it is expected to give a ruling within four weeks.

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

According to his doctor, his biological age is between 40 and 45, he said.

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Ratelband said that due to having an official age that did not reflect his emotional state he was struggling to find both work and love. "I can take up more work", he said.

The Dutch entrepreneur, who has converted to Buddhism, said: "I have done a check-up and what does it show?"

He also argues that his wish would be good for the government, as he will renounce all his pension benefits until he reaches retirement age again.

Ratelband's argument hinges on transgender people's ability to now change their genders on their birth certificates.

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"Maybe they say, 'You have weak muscles for 49 years, '" Ratelband muses. Who was that little boy back then?' the judge asked.

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