Dutchman, 69, sues to lower his age

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2018

Ratelband reasons that he lives in a society where people can change their genders, so, to him, it only makes sense that he can change his age. "Why can't I decide my own age?" he said.

He argues that if transgender people are allowed to change their sex, he should be allowed to change his birth date. My biological age is 45 years.

Ratelband, described as an "entrepreneur and self-help guru", also says that being 20 years younger will help him get more work as a consultant, among other benefits.

A Dutch pensioner is attempting to legally lower his age in an attempt to bolster his success in finding dates on Tinder.

On Tinder, he says he gets no responses from prospective ladies - all because of his age. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto", he said.

He told the court that he "suffers" as a 69-year-old and has been feeling "20, 25 years younger" than his official age, according to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. In Australia, for example, many older people struggle to find work once they reach their 50s and 60s, despite the fact that it is illegal for companies to specifically discriminate against candidates due to their age.

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"I have done a check-up and what does it show?"

The Arnhem city court is expected to deliver a decision on Ratelband's case over the next four weeks. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle.

The judge said he sympathized with Rathelband - a neurolinguistic programming trainer who converted to Buddhism earlier this year - considering that changing one's gender was unthinkable in the past, according to the outlet.

The life coach, who specialises in "self awareness" training, said he felt discriminated against because of his advanced years. Who was that little boy back then?' the judge asked.

Mr Ratelband, a media personality in his home country, said he would give up his pension if the courts ruled in his favour.

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