A 69-year-old man asks to be declared 49, claiming age is as fluid as gender

Macduff

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In the quixotic battle against old age, some people use skin care and spin class.

That’s not enough for Emile Ratelband, a 69-year-old who feels like he’s in his 40s. The Dutch pensioner is asking a court in his hometown of Arnhem, southeast of Amsterdam, to change his birth certificate so that it says he took his first breath on March 11, 1969, rather than on March 11, 1949. The judges heard his case Monday and promised they would render a verdict in the next several weeks.

Ratelband sees his request as no different from a petition to change his name or the gender he was assigned at birth — and isn’t bothered that this comparison might offend transgender people, whose medical needs have been recognized by the American Medical Association. It comes down to free will, he maintains.

“Because nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I’m about 40 or 45.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...g-age-is-fluid-gender/?utm_term=.952935e17b54

Age is a social construct!
 
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Macduff

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Can't fault his motivation here.

For one, it would boost his dating prospects. “If you’re 69 on Tinder, you’re outdated,” reasoned Ratelband, who has seven children and is now without a partner. His friends urge him just to modify his age on dating apps. “But I don’t want to lie,” he said. “If you lie, you have to remember everything you say.”
 
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Hey if Michael Jackson can go from being black to white, and Rachel Dolezal can go from being white to black then why the hell not?

Who WOULDN'T want to have 20 years taken off their age?
 
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Would this guy volunteer to go off Medicare and pay for his healthcare? No more Senior discounts, pay full price. Sounds like this guy is having an old age crisis and wants to determine his age. Seen this many times, an old Guy goes out and buys a Harley so he feels 40 again. Live it up, wants to change his age, why not.
 
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I am waiting for a 13 year old to sue the state for discrimination because they have to wait till they are 16 to get a drivers license. If equality of the law can get two of the same sex married, why not a 13 year old that wants to drive a car.
 
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I am waiting for a 13 year old to sue the state for discrimination because they have to wait till they are 16 to get a drivers license. If equality of the law can get two of the same sex married, why not a 13 year old that wants to drive a car.

You have quite an affinity for the absurd. Christianity hijacked the institution of marriage, and claimed it as theirs when it clearly existed before their religion even sprang up from the desert, and now the followers have the temerity to whine when that control is taken away from them.

Bloody ridiculous.