Man sues to lower age because ‘you can change your gender’


Mr Ratelband, who was born on March 11, 1949, says he feels at least 20 years younger and is pushing for his birth date to be altered to March 11, 1969 or later.

He did not explain in the interview how a legal document agreeing with his false age would not still constitute "lying", or how a changed birth certificate would prevent future dates and employers from continuing to question his age after discovering media coverage of his efforts. "We even have the right to change our name", Ratelband said. Why not your age? "I want to control myself", he said. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto", he said, according to a translation by The Guardian.

"When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer, " he complains, adding that he's far most optimistic about his prospects as a 49-year-old, "with the face I have". 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.

In turn, Mr Ratelband sued them, bringing the case to a court in the city of Arnhmen, in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.

He told the Dutch court in the small town of Arnhem, 96 kilometres east of Amsterdam, that his wish was comparable to people changing their sex if they identified as transgender.

Ratelband cites several reasons as to why he wants to lower his age from 69 years to 49 years.

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Should you be able to change your age? "I can take up more work", he said to the BBC, ridiculously. Age discrimination, she says, happens only at certain points in your career, usually between 40, 50 or 60 years of age.

Ratelband, who makes a living urging people and businesses to be positive, denies that the age request is a publicity stunt.

However, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper reported that the court was sceptical of the lawsuit, saying there was no legal way to allow someone to change their date of birth.

"But I don't want to lie", Ratelband told the Post.

The judge asked Mr Ratelband: "For whom did your parents care in those years? Who was that little boy back then?", the judge asked rhetorically, according to The Telegraph.