Man wants to legally reduce age to boost dating prospects

Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN

Emile Ratelband. Credit CEN

Claiming that trans people are allowed to legally change their documented sex, he believes he should be allowed to change his legal date of birth. Why not your age?

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.

The author, who described himself to the court as a "young god" and said a doctor had told him he had the body of a 45 year old, was asked by the judge about his childhood.

The BBC reported a court will rule on the matter within a month.

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"We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender".

Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old Dutch man, stands in the center of Arnhem, in the Netherlands, on Monday.

Ratelband, a media personality and motivational guru specializing in self-awareness, compares his attempt to turn back the clock to identifying as transgender.

While some want to seem younger in the dating world, being an older member of society can also impact the chances of getting a job. Also wanting to legally lie about your age on Tinder is not the same as having your gender line up with your identity.

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However officials were sceptical about the case, believing there was no legal mechanism allowing a person to change their birth date, local reports said. "My biological age is 45 years", Ratelband said in an interview.

"For whom did your parents care?"

He said: 'When I'm 69, I am limited. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different vehicle", he said, according to a translation by The Guardian. He said he'd be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around $2,144 - a concession he estimates would save almost $470,000 over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age. I can take up more work. "Why not your age?" he told De Telegraaf outside court.

We'll just have to wait for the court's ruling to find out whether Ratelband gets to drive whatever auto it is that he thinks 49-year-olds are allowed to drive that 69-year-olds aren't.

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The court is due to deliver a written ruling within four weeks.

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