Many will agree we live in a new and changing era. In an age where we can change many things, including our name and our gender—so why can’t we change our legal age as well?
A 69-year-old Dutchman, Emile Ratelband, is suing for the right to change his legal age. He wants it changed from 69 years old to 49 years old, reducing it by twenty years. Ratelband stated that we live in a time in society where we can change almost anything, even our name or our gender, so it only makes sense that we should be able to change our age as well.
However, the first question that comes to most peoples minds is why? Why would he want to change his legal age?
Ratelband, a motivational speaker and media personality in his home country of the Netherlands, stated that he has given it much thought and sees there are many benefits to the age change. Some reasons include that better luck dating, greater possibilities for gaining employment, and the ability to make larger purchases, such as homes or vehicles, if you appear younger if only on paper.
“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.”
Ratelband adds that in no other area are people more discriminated against than when it comes to their age. He has also stated he will willingly give up his pension, should he be granted his age change, since he will not need if he is “younger”.
It seems that the suit that was brought about is being considered a viable and legal venture, as the Arnhem city court did consider his suit. However, they handed down a denial to his request of legal age change.