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Lifestyle: A 69-year-old man says he identifies as a 49-year-old and wants his age legally changed so he can meet more women on Tinder

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  • Emile Ratelband filed a lawsuit against the Netherlands government in an attempt to change the birth date on his passport.
  • He wants to change his birthday from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, which would make his official age 20 years younger than his actual age, 69.
  • A court in Arnhem, in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland, is expected to deliver its decision on Ratelband’s age within four weeks.

A 69-year-old entrepreneur in the Netherlands wants to legally change his age to 49 so he can go back to work and meet more women on Tinder, according to a new lawsuit.

Emile Ratelband filed a lawsuit against the Netherlands government in an attempt to change the birthdate on his passport from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, the Dutch publication De Telegraaf reported.

The self-proclaimed positivity guru argued that he feels 20 years younger, and compared the age difference to being transgender, despite the concept being completely different from biological genders.

"You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age," he told De Telegraaf.

Ratelband argued that he is a "young god" and said changing his age would allow him to "live differently," saying he would get more matches on Tinder if he could put a younger age.

Ratelband also argued in court that he feels discriminated against because of his older age, according to RLE Nieuws. The Netherlands' constitution "prohibits direct and indirect distinction in employment relations on the basis of age," but some claim that people over 50 have been the most impacted by austerity measures in the country.

He said he fears companies won’t hire him, and that employees will look at him differently.

"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," he said.

A court in Arnhem, in the eastern Dutch provice of Gelderland, is expected to deliver its decision on Ratelband’s age within four weeks.

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