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69-year old Dutchman files suit to reduce his Age to 49 Years



A 69 year old Dutchman has filed a suit to reduce his age by 20 years, BBC is reporting.

Emile Ratelband, who describes himself as a “positivity trainer” wants to shift his birthday from March 11, 1949 to March 11, 1969.

Ratelband, a media personality, entrepreneur and trainer in neurolinguistic programming, said he feels discriminated against because of his age, saying his chances of getting employed or finding a partner on dating app, Tinder have reduced because of his age.

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“We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he said.

“When I’m 69, I am limited. If I’m 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. 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,” he added.

According to BBC, Ratelband launched the legal battle in a local court in Arnhem and judges are expected to rule on the case in four weeks.

One of the judges was quoted as saying: “Who were your parents looking after then (referring to the 20 years Ratelband wants to erase)? Who was that little boy?” he was quoted as saying.

In his argument, Ratelband, who describes himself as a “young god,” said his doctors have told him he had the body of a 45-year-old.

Ratelband, in a post on his Facebook page in 2017, said the decision was not because he was afraid of getting old, but he wants to make the most of life for as long as possible.

Ratelband also said that he’d renounce his pension if he successfully reduce his age.

Ratelband has been married twice, and has seven children from three relationships. He converted to Buddhism this year, and was involved in Dutch politics in the early 2000s, according to Wikipedia.

In 2011, Ratelband spoke the voice of Vladimir in the Dutch-language version of Cars 2.


  1. lorenz

    November 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I think they should just let him

  2. zzzzzzzzzzz

    November 9, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Lol, Let the madness begin. He who sows the wind should expect to reap the whirlwind. The west has not seen anything yet

  3. Miss Fine

    November 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Just when I thought I have heard and seen it all.

  4. Cocoa

    November 9, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    I’m waiting for people to start identifying as animals…and going to court to fight for their right to be a chimpanzee, their right to live in a zoo and be fed by visitors.

  5. Kudi Klepto

    November 9, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Look man…this egbon has a point. If gender reassignment is legit and empathized all under the cloak of diversity and inclusion, why cant be be whatever age he wants? I mean two men can marry, so why not?

  6. Ovadje

    November 10, 2018 at 11:28 am

    He can change his “age” as many times as he wants, but he cannot change his DOB.

    Meanwhile, don’t get why some comments are desperately trying to conflate this ephemeral issue with sexual orientation rights. There is about as much “connection” between this and LGBT rights as there is between this and the right to switch religious faith.

  7. Patrick

    November 10, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Age ain’t nurring but a number ?, right?

  8. Edim romanus johnson

    November 10, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    Liberty is it liberty what we seek

  9. Manny

    November 11, 2018 at 5:19 am

    I support him!!!!

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