A Dutch “positivity guru” has begun a legal battle to change his date of birth by arguing that if transgender people are allowed to change their legal sex due to their gender identity, then he should be allowed to change his age because he identifies as someone 20 years younger. Appearing before a court in Arnhem, Netherlands, Emile Ratelband, 69, claimed that his official age was causing him to be discriminated against at work and on dating apps such as Tinder, and petitioned the court to change his birth from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969 instead.
“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car,” Ratelband asserted. “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.”
Characterizing himself as a “young god,” the guru added that doctors told him his body was equivalent to that of a 45-year-old man.
The judge in the case expressed incredulity at the request, but conceded that Ratelband’s wasn’t incorrect to say that it once would have been thought “impossible” to legally change one’s gender. But being able to change one’s official age, the judge noted, could lead to a variety of other entanglements — especially regarding things such as health insurance and other matters in which age can play an important role.
“It is really a question of free will,” Ratelband declared.
When asked by the public prosecutor how health inspectors were supposed to determine someone’s emotional age, Ratelband’s lawyer, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, said that there was also room for “something like common sense, of course.”
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