69-Year-Old Man Says He Identifies As 49-Year-Old; Starts Lawsuit To Change Age

November 08, 2018

A 69-year-old Dutch man says he wants to change his age to make himself 20 years younger because he feels like he is being discriminated on a dating app. He believes that if people can change their gender, he can change his age.


Emile Ratelband says that he does not feel "comfortable" with his age and compares it to other people who can change their gender. So, Ratelband took it to the courts in Arnhem in the Netherlands in hopes to get his date of birth changed.

Ratelband continues with his case by saying while his official age is 69, he does not emotionally identify with that number and asked the court to change his date of birth from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, according to "The Washington Post."


“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car,” Ratelband said. “I can take up more work. 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.”

Ratelband's doctors had told him that he has the body of a 45-year-old man, he claimed. Ratelband says that it comes down to "free will."

“Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I’m about 40 or 45.”


One of the biggest reasons for Ratelband is due to his dating prospects and landing more projects at work.

He says that "if you're 69 on Tinder, you're outdated." Ratelband has seven children and has no partner. His friends urge him to fudge his age a bit on the dating app rather than taking it to court. "But I don't want to lie. If you lie, you have to remember everything you say."


Initially, when Ratelband told the judges of his request, they "laughed like little girls." He says that after he delivered his speech about how modern society and how "nowadays, we are free people," he said that they became more receptive to the idea.

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