69 or 49?

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

Emile Ratel­band, a self-styled pos­i­tiv­ity guru in the Nether­lands, thinks age is just a num­ber. And his is a num­ber the Dutch­man wants changed. The 69-year-old TV per­son­al­ity has asked a court to ap­prove his re­quest for a new birth­day that of­fi­cially would make him 49. Ratel­band says his le­gal ap­peal is con­sis­tent with other forms of per­sonal trans­for­ma­tion that are gain­ing ac­cep­tance and gov­ern­ment recog­ni­tion in the Nether­lands and around the world. “I want to have my own age. I want to con­trol my­self,” he said Thurs­day. Ratel­band says he wants to avoid age dis­crim­i­na­tion in so­ci­ety — es­pe­cially on dat­ing web­sites. How about just be­ing eco­nom­i­cal with the truth about his age? “I don’t want to lie,” he said. “I want to be my­self, so don’t force me to lie.”

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