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Photo #1 from Antwerpen, Belgium by Morgaine made on 2018-12-03 15:57 for Sola

A Dutch court has rejected the request of a self-styled “positivity guru” to shave 20 years off his age, in a case that drew worldwide attention.

Last month Emile Ratelband asked the court in Arnhem to formally change his date of birth to make him 49. He said his official age did not reflect his emotional state and it was causing him to struggle to find work and love.

He claimed he did not feel 69 and said his request was consistent with other forms of personal transformation gaining acceptance around the world, such as the right to change name or gender.

In a written ruling on Monday, the court said Dutch law assigned rights and obligations based on age “such as the right to vote and the duty to attend school. If Mr Ratelband’s request was allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless.”

In a press statement, the court said: “Mr Ratelband is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly. But amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications.”

The court said it acknowledged “a trend in society for people to feel fit and healthy for longer, but did not regard that as a valid argument for amending a person’s date of birth”.

It said Ratelband failed to convince the court that he suffered from age discrimination, adding that “there are other alternatives available for challenging age discrimination, rather than amending a person’s date of birth”.

Ratelband was undeterred by the court’s rejection and vowed to appeal. “This is great!” he said. “The rejection of {the] court is great … because they give all kinds of angles where we can connect when we go in appeal.”

He said he was the first of “thousands of people who want to change their age”.

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DELETED USER
I know a country where people change their age with no problem. So this is not really new
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Morgaine
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Which country would that be?
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DELETED USER
It's an African country, that's why nobody knows about it. Senegal
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Morgaine
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That_guy, well, in many counties there’s no reliable civil service. Lots of people are registered over here with just a birth year for example. And I know asylum seekers often fiddle with their birth date as well.
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Morgaine
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Дмитрий, what’s super?
thelevel
Hmmm.. so age isnt arbitrary. Who'd a thunk
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José Zueco...™
I want to be 15 years older so I can enjoy my pension...
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Activist Goat
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No Alty, you still won't get a pension when you're 15 years older 😂
Alty 💕
Activist Goat, you're right...sigh
Gesithan
I want my birthdate to be 1935 to add further weight to all my "when I was in Korea" stories
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flack
I bet you just recycle old episodes of M*A*S*H
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Gesithan
flack, I bet I'm too surrealist
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flack
Gesithan, oh you mean like that time on hill 142 when your gun jammed and that Korean captain was just about to shoot and was suddenly carried away by a pterodactyl?
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Gesithan
flack, I'm glad I wasn't the only one that saw that!
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Asad
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Morgaine
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What are you talking about?
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Dilu Shrestha
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Activist Goat
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Ofcourse they don't take him seriously, the guy is a privileged CIS white male.
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Morgaine
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More importantly, he’s an idiot.
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Fr€€5T¥l3r
Saw this on the news yesterday and couldn't stop laughing
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Joey
This article made my day. Thank you.
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Morgaine
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What is so good about it?
Alty 💕
I think we are going a bit too far and people are taking advantage of it. It's one thing when somebody wants to change their gender, but yesterday I read an article about someone who sued 6 women for refusing to wax his/her (it wasn't quite clear from the article) scrotum, saying it was discrimination. The beauty therapists simply were not comfortable doing it and were not trained to do it (which can result in disaster). And now not only they are getting sued, but are having a hard time finding lawyers because nobody wants to get into this, fearing they'd get the wrong type of attention from the media...
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José Zueco...™
Morgaine, he never thinks...
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nachdenken!
... seen a complete sentence from you!
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Morgaine
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What’s so super about it?
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