By Troy Worden
A Dutch self-help guru is breaking new ground by claiming age is just as fluid as gender–and he isn’t worried about offending the transgender community.
Emile Ratelband of Arnhem, southeast of Amsterdam, is asking a court in his hometown to change his age legally from 69 to 49 because he feels like he is in his 40s, The Washington Post reported.
Judges heard his case Monday and promised to hand down a verdict in coming weeks.
If Ratelband’s request is granted, the court will allow alteration of his birth certificate to say he was born on March 11, 1969, rather than March 11, 1949.
Ratelband told the Post that his request is no different than requests to change one’s name or gender assigned at birth.
“Nowadays, in Europe and in the United States, we are free people,” he said. “We can make our own decisions if we want to change our name, or if we want to change our gender. So I want to change my age. My feeling about my body and about my mind is that I’m about 40 or 45.”
Ratelband said the age change could make him more successful in the dating and job markets–where youth and relatability to young people are a plus–without the hassle of lying.
“If you lie, you have to remember everything you say,” he told the Post.
Ratelband is currently a life coach, a trainer in a therapy called neurolinguistic programming, and a Dutch television celebrity of sorts. Practitioners of neurolinguistic programming claim it can cure phobias and anxiety disorders and improve workplace performance or happiness.
He is also a former baker and political provocateur. He created a political party bearing his own name and attempted to capitalize on anti-immigration candidate Pim Fortuyn’s May 2002 assassination, the Post reported in January 2003.
Ratelband previously asked his …read more
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