Man, 69, Sues to Change Age to 49: “You Can Change Your Gender. Why not your Age?”

Emile Ratelband, a 69 year old man from the Netherlands, is suing to legally change his age.

Ratelband’s reason:

He feels like he’s in his 40s.

Ratelband lives in a society where people can legally change their genders, so why can’t he legally change his age?

Why change age?

Ratelband is a motivational speaker and media personality in the Netherlands. He cites several additional reasons for wanting to lower his age from 69 years to 49 years.

He says he would likely have better luck dating, gaining employment, making large purchases such as homes or vehicles.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Ratelband said the following:

“Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people. 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.”

Being in his 40s would, make his life much better. It would, for example, improve his dating prospects:

“If you’re 69 on Tinder, you’re outdated,” said Ratelband, who has seven children and is now single.

Ratelband added:

“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.”

His friends suggested simply modifying his age on dating apps. “But I don’t want to lie,” he said. “If you lie, you have to remember everything you say.

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According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Ratelband says that he believes that he is a “young god,” and should have the age to fit his physique, which he clearly believes is impressive.

He’s not worried that women who end up seeing him in the flesh will be disappointed.

“Maybe they say, ‘You have weak muscles for 49 years,’” Ratelband muses. “And then I say, ‘But not that one, you know.’”