69-year-old TV personality has asked the court in Holland to approve her request for a new birthday to legally make her 49.
The self-proclaimed guru of positivity Emile Ratelband thinks age is only a number, and the Dutch wants to change.
The 69-year-old TV personality has asked the court in Holland to approve her request for a new birthday that will officially make it 49.
Ratelband said his legal appeal is in line with other forms of personal transformation that gain acceptance and recognition from the government in the Netherlands and around the world.
"With this free[dom] choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my time. I want to control myself, "he said on Thursday.
Ratelband said he wanted to avoid discrimination in life in society – especially on the dating site.
"So when I'm looking for a mortgage, for example, they say it's impossible," he told the Associated Press. "If I go to Tinder, then I get women from 68, 69, when the women are there."
What would it be just to be economical with the truth about your age?
"I do not want to lie," he said. "I want to be myself, so do not force me to lie."
Marjolein van den Brink, a specialist in human rights and gender issues at the Utrecht University Law School, said that discrimination on life is a problem, but it is different from issues related to gender reassignment.
"It is clear that the elderly have a much lower chance of gaining work than younger people," she said. "But that's just one element, and it only happens when you reach 40, 45, 50, depending on your business.
"Because sex is something that keeps you from birth to grave, and it determines almost everything – not just in the labor market, but everywhere," she said.
In rare cases even the race became more fluid.
In the UK, director director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon has attracted some attention because, despite the fact that he is a son of white Irish parents, he looks like a mixed man. He also wrote and told reporters to think of himself as black.
He says he was racially abused as a teenager because of his physical appearance, and when he started acting career, he studied the non-white parts easier. He also took an African middle name.
Now some black artists complain because Lennon recently received paid training in a program designed to give more black people a chance to become a career in art.
His case resembles Rachel Dolezal, a white woman in the United States, who was identified as black after being raised by religious parents who adopted four black children. She worked on the NAACP when her hound was discovered in 2015.
Ratelband said the Dutch government could benefit if it accepted its age requirement. He said he would be happy to lose his monthly pension of around 1,200 euros – a concession he estimated would save almost 300,000 euros for 20 years that he wants to shave from his age.
It is expected that the tribunal in the central city of Arnhem will make a decision about four weeks.
The Ratelband, who lives, encouraging people and businesses to be positive, denies the age requirement for public promotion. He claims to seek a personal positive effect.
"I'm an old man now, I have to save my money to give my children a living," said father seven. "But if I have that age, I hope again, I'm new, the whole future is back to me."