Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old Dutchman, is suing to legally change his age.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.But why?Ratelband cites several reasons as to why he wants to lower his age from 69 years to 49 years.The Dutchman, who is a motivational speaker and media personality in the Netherlands, says that he’d likely have better luck dating, gaining employment, and making large purchases, such as homes or vehicles, if he were younger on paper.“When I’m 69, I am limited,” he explains. “If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work.”Ratelband adds, “When I’m on Tinder and it says 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.”“You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?” he asks.According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Ratelband says that he believes that he is a “young god,” and should have the age to fit his physique, which he clearly believes is impressive.Ratelband seems especially focused on getting his dating life back on track and says that he isn’t worried that women who see him in the flesh may be disappointed.“Maybe they say, ‘You have weak muscles for 49 years,’” Ratelband muses. “And then I say, ‘But not that one, you know.’”Ratelband argues that “nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age.”The Dutchman even says that he’ll give up his pension if the court rules in his favor, saying that as a 49-year-old man, he would no longer need it.The Arnhem city court is expected to deliver a decision on Ratelband’s case over the next four weeks.
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