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Netherlands: Man fails in bid to legally change his age

January 2019

A 69-year-old Dutchman who tried to argue he should be allowed to officially change his age because he ‘feels’ 20 years younger has lost his legal bid to do so.

Emile Ratelband claims he faces discrimination as a 69-year-old. He said, ‘We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?’

He also wants to change his legal age so that he is more appealing to younger women on dating websites and apps like Tinder.

However, a court in the Netherlands refused to allow him to legally change his age. The judges said, ‘Mr Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly.’

But, the judges ruled, changing his legal documents would have ‘undesirable legal and societal implications’.

Many social commentators have pointed out that the Ratelband case is the inevitable, ridiculous and sad consequence of western societies’ obsession with playing identity politics.

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