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Suing for Youth: ‘You can change your gender. Why not your age?’

69-year-old Dutchman Emile Ratelband is seeking to legally change his age to 20 years younger.

He sees that by living in a society where people can change their genders, he should be able to change his age.

Arguing that “nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age.” Ratelband gave numerous reasons for wanting to present himself as 20 years younger on paper. Such as an improved dating life, more employment opportunities and better loan rates.

“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.”

“You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age?” he asks.

Giving particular interest to a renewed dating life, Ratelband doesn’t fear 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.’”

Should the court rule in his favor, Ratelband says he will give up his pension as he would no longer need it as  49-year-old.

A decision is expected by the Arnhem city court over the next 4 weeks.

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