- And all to improve his chances on Twitter.
We all want to be younger. Well, everyone over the age of 21 anyhow. But did you ever want to legally change your age?
There was a man who did want to change his, not to be older but instead to be 20 years younger. However, the courts had other ideas for him.
Emile Ratelband filed a lawsuit against the Dutch Government requesting his birth date be changed. He was born on March 11th, 1949 and wanted to change the date to reflect being born March 11th, 1969.
The courts in the Netherlands, city of Arnhem, rejected the application to change his birth date legally. The report said that while Ratelband “is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” changing the birth certificate is not possible and will not be done.
“Amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications,” the court explained.
Ratelband wanted to change his birth date to improve his chances on Tinder. “I feel much younger than my age, I am a young god, I can have all the girls I want but not after I tell them that I am 69. I feel young, I am in great shape and I want this to be legally recognized because I feel abused, aggrieved and discriminated against because of my age.”
He even went as far as to compare his attempt at changing his age to identifying as transgender. “We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?”
The court recognized that the law was changed to allow people to change their gender after the issue was debated globally and that Ratelband is the only person advocating for legal age change. The court also told him there are other legal means at his disposal if he truly feels that he is a victim of discrimination.