He did not explain in the interview how a legal document agreeing with his false age would not still constitute "lying", or how a changed birth certificate would prevent future dates and employers from continuing to question his age after discovering media coverage of his efforts. Ratelband says he told the court that the world has changed and people are "more independent" too. Why not your age?
Ratelband said that he "suffers" because of his age, especially in terms of work prospects and on Tinder. When I'm 69, I am limited.
69-year-old Emile Ratelband, can't get any action despite being the age of the sex number.
"When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position", Ratelband added.
"I feel much younger than my age, I am a young god, I can have all the girls I want but not after I tell them that I am 69", Ratelband told the news agency.
He also argues that his wish would be good for the government, as he will renounce all his pension benefits until he reaches retirement age again.
He says he noticed that most of the unemployed people in his town were over 50 years old and claims that citizens older than 60 years rarely get mortgages.
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"Whereas gender is something that follows you from birth to grave, and it determines almost everything - and not just in the labour market but everywhere". Ratelband told the daily Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "I can take up more work", he said to the BBC, ridiculously. He noted that changing Ratelband's date of birth would effectively disregard the portion of his life between 1949 and 1969.
The 69-year-old also spoke to The Washington Post, and said he is not concerned that his comparison of an age change to a sex change may be offensive to transgender people.
More than half a century ago, a person's path in life and identity was more locked in, Ratelband argues.
However, he explained that allowing people to change their birth date would create problems from a legal point of view. If you think you can jump one meter, now I want to jump 20.
"For whom did your parents care in those years?" he asked.
Mr Ratelband said: 'I have done a check-up and what does it show? "Who was that little boy?" asked the judge during the 45-minute court session.