Man loses legal fight to become 20 years younger


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The self-described “positivity trainer,” who voiced the character of Vladimir Trunkov in the Dutch-language version of Pixar's Cars 2, had asked an Arnhem court to legally change his birthday from 11 March 1949, to 11 March 1969.

Ratelband said he felt discriminated against because of his age and found it was a hindrance when it came to finding work, buying a house, and getting matches on dating app Tinder.

Ratelband said he felt like a “young god,” and that his age didn’t reflect his emotional state. He argued that changing his date of birth was no different to someone legally changing their name or gender. He added that he was willing to renounce his pension if the court granted his wish.

But Ratelband will be keeping his pension and won’t be losing 20 years from his age. In a written ruling today, the Arnhem court said the country’s law assigned rights and obligations based on age. It cited “the right to vote and the duty to attend school.”

“If Mr Ratelband’s request were allowed, those age requirements would become meaningless.”

The court said Ratelband failed to show he had suffered from age discrimination, adding that there are other ways to address the issue that don’t involve changing one’s date of birth.

“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,” wrote the court, in a press statement (via The Guardian).

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TS Evangelist
And here I thought that transageism was going to become the new hot thing, now that transsexualism has become mainstream.

Good to know that sometimes the world has common sense to slap somebody out of their delusions and force them to face reality.


TS Addict
OMG, look at the priviliged cisgender white men deciding the fate of others with such recklessness. Ageism is like so outdated now that it makes me feel like nauseous just to think about it. Stop this oppression of young olds! #NotMyAge

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TS Booster
Wow. It's one thing to want to identify yourself as any sex, but now wanting to identify yourself as 20 years younger just because you FEEL that way?

Well if it's based on how you feel, then I feel like no longer working but I should still get paid because I fee like it.