A pensioner has begun a legal battle to be recognised as being 20 years younger than his actual age so he can go back to work and achieve greater success with women on Tinder. Emile Ratelband, 69, argues that if transgender people are allowed to change sex, he should be allowed to change his date of birth because doctors said he has the body of a 45-year-old.
The entrepreneur and self-help guru is suing his local authority after they refused the amend his age on official documents.
Mr Ratelband's case has now gone to a court in the city of Arnhem in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.
The case has caused controversy in his homeland, with the Dutch edition of Vice, a news website, asking, "Is Emile Ratelband disturbed or accidentally extremely woke?"
Mr Ratelband was born on 11th March 1949, but says he feels at least 20 years younger and wants to change his birth date to 11th March 1969.
Mr Ratelband said: "I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years.
"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 say 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.
Dutch man, 69, who 'identifies as 20 years younger' launches legal battle to change age
Well if men can declare as women and women can declare as men then I guess why not because all bets are off at that point.
And it's true that probably the most rampant category of discrimination you will see in society is ageism. He certainly does have a point here!
Question is, is this guy for real, chancing his arm in a world of insanity, or just trollng the piss out of some high profile idiocy that passes for the norm these days.
Whatever the sense in it, I'll probably be next in line here if he wins his case!