Man Wants to Legally Change His Age
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Are you unhappy with your age? Do you feel younger than your age? Well, perhaps you should consider legally changing your birth year.
That is what a Dutch man is trying to do.
Emile Ratelband is a television host. He works as an expert in "positivity." But he says that his age is having a negative effect on his ability to find work and love.
So, Ratelband went to court to get his birth year legally changed from 1949 to 1969. He told the court that he did not feel comfortable with his age. He said he self-identified as 20 years younger.
Ratelband says he wants to avoid age discrimination in society. He says that when he asks for a mortgage, "they say it's impossible."
He complains that when he tries to get dates on a dating site called Tinder, he only gets women his age, in their late 60s. He says that with his youthful face and an age of 49, he would get more dates, possibly with younger women.
He told the Associated Press on Thursday, "With this free(dom) of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age. I want to control myself."
Marjolein van den Brink specializes in human rights and gender issues at Utrecht University. She said, "It's quite clear that elderly people have a much smaller chance of getting a job than younger people."
However, she says that age is different from the issues involved in reassigning gender. Age discrimination, she says, happens only at certain points in your career, usually between 40, 50 or 60 years of age.
"Whereas gender is something that follows you from birth to grave, " she said.
Ratelband says the Dutch government could benefit if it were to accept his age demand. He says he would be happy to give up his monthly pension of around $1,370. That would be a savings of $343,000 over the 20 years for the government.
The court in the city of Arnhem is expected to issue a ruling in about four weeks.
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埃米尔·拉特尔班德（Emile Ratelband）是一名电视主持人 。他还是一位“励志”演说家 。但他指出，年龄对他的就业和爱情有负面影响 。
因此，拉特尔班德前往法院想要把自己的出生年份从1949年改为1969年 。他在法庭陈述，对自己的年龄感到不舒服 。他说，他自我感觉比实际年龄年轻20岁 。
拉特尔班德称，他想避免社会上的年龄歧视 。他说，当他提出抵押贷款时，“他们（银行）说这是不可能的 。”
他抱怨说，在交友网站Tinder上约会时，只能选择60多岁的同龄女性 。他表示，如果年龄改为49岁，凭他年轻的长相会得到更多的约会机会，跟年轻女性约会也不在话下 。
周四，他对美联社表示，“鉴于我们有自由选择权、选择姓名、改变性别，我想更改自己的年龄 。我的人生要自己做主 。”
马基琳·范登布林克（Marjolein van den Brink）在乌得勒支特大学专门研究人权和性别问题 。她说：“很明显，老年人的就业机会比年轻人少 。”
然而，她指出，年龄和跨性别的问题无法等同而论 。她说，年龄歧视只发生在职业生涯的某些阶段，通常是在40、50或60岁之间 。
拉特尔班德称，如果荷兰政府同意他更改年龄的要求，可能会从中受益 。他说，为此他愿意放弃每月1370美元的退休金 。政府在未来20年内将节省34.3万美元的开支 。