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This 69-year-old man wants to legally change his age

This 69-year-old man wants to legally change his age

Emile Ratelband told Dutch paper De Telegraaf. You can't magically change your gender, You can't magically change your sex. The trainer and life coach - and baker and political provocateur in past lives - said potential clients ask him if he can "speak the language of young people" when he tells them his age.

"I look younger, but I don't want to lie about it", he added, mentioning that his current age has made it more hard to find matches on the Tinder dating app.

"When I'm 69, I am limited", he explains. "If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different auto", Ratelband told British newspaper The Guardian.

Despite having a relatively successful career as a positivity guru and self-described "consciousness expander", he says his age gets in the way of getting more matches on dating apps.

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"If I put on Tinder that I am 69, I will not get a response...[As] 49, with that face of mine, then I'm rammed", he said.

He said his doctors told him he had the body of someone more than 20 years younger than himself.

Ratelband says he told the court that the world has changed and people are "more independent" too. Currently, there is no legal mechanism to change one's birth date in Dutch courts, according to the BBC.

The judge in a court in Arnhem is expected to give a ruling within four weeks, Sky News reported. Age discrimination, she says, happens only at certain points in your career, usually between 40, 50 or 60 years of age.

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Ratelband's lawyer, Jan-Hein Kuijpers, said it was high time for the reversal of age.

Ratelband has compared the request to legally changing a name or gender. If a 10-year-old says he's 30 and you sell him a bottle of whisky and some porn, you're going to prison.

The judge argued what would be of Mr Ratelband's first 20 years if he was to delete them from his documents.

As the Cut points out, "luxurious" might be a euphemism - in a translation by CNN, Ratelband says, "When I'm 49 with [this face], then I'm rammed". He said he'd be happy to forfeit his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros ($1,370) - a concession he estimates would save almost 300,000 euros ($343,000) over the 20 years he wants shaved off his age.

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