Dutch man, 69, starts legal fight to identify as 20 years younger

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    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/08/dutch-man-69-starts-legal-fight-to-identify-as-20-years-younger

    A 69-year-old Dutch “positivity guru” who says he does not feel his age has started a battle to make himself legally 20 years younger on the grounds that he is being discriminated against on a dating app.

    Emile Ratelband told a court in Arnhem in the Netherlands that he did not feel “comfortable” with his date of birth, and compared his wish to alter it to people who identified as transgender.

    Interesting to see how this works out

    rene59
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    Feels over reals.

    See also transability/transabled.

    Edit: not forgetting transracial, transspecies and of course the original.

    Premier Icon Speeder
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    Think this has to be fair. I don’t see how it can be disputed without discriminating.

    It’s a crazy ****ed up world we live in and it’s seemingly getting worse every day.  Do we not have anything else worth getting upset about?

    MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME!!!!!!!!!

    sirromj
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    What a prick.

    Premier Icon frankconway
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    If he wins, i’m next in line to lop off 20 years – WoooHoooo! Go Emile!

    brakes
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    I identify as being a billionaire – can someone update my bank account?

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    What a prick

    Must be a very graphic dating app.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Think this has to be fair. I don’t see how it can be disputed without discriminating.

    Because he was born on the day he was born. That’s a fact, an immutable fact.

    On the other hand. Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.

    can I identify as post-retirement age and start collecting pension?

    MarkBrewer
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    I don’t see how it can be disputed without discriminating

    I think since the gender thing with people being allowed to identify as something they’re not the floodgates are opened now and you’ll be able to identify yourself as anything you want.

    I might try taking a piss against a lamppost next time I walk into town and if I get challenged about it I’ll just say I identify as a dog so it’s fine!

    sbob
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    Troll level: transgenerational.

    Chapeau!

    I might try taking a piss against a lamppost next time I walk into town and if I get challenged about it I’ll just say I identify as a dog so it’s fine!

    Fantastic!

    taxi25
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    can I identify as post-retirement age and start collecting pension?

    I’m in, 8yrs older please 👍 And thats being conservative, most days it’s more like 20yrs !!

    people being allowed to identify as something they’re not

    No, they aren’t.

    Ffs, this place…

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    I’m going to start taking a shit in my neighbours garden, sleeping under cars and giving people looks of utter disdain. That’s right, I’m going to identify as a cat.

    Premier Icon Riksbar
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    I’m going to start taking a shit in my neighbours garden, sleeping under cars and giving people looks of utter disdain. That’s right, I’m going to identify as a cat.

    That’s fine, but society reserves the right to cut off your nuts and put a chip in you .

    alanf
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    Would it not have been easier to just set up another account with his age adjusted?

    Surely though, when anyone sees his picture they will clock he’s not 49?!?!?!?

    Absolute madness.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    That’s fine, but society reserves the right to cut off your nuts and put a chip in you

    I’m currently identifying as a dog, so way ahead of you on that front.

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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    Stupid this is even newsworthy but on the crazy chance he actually wins then I’d apply to be 15 years older so I can retire (and somehow make a case for 15 years of pension contributions being automatically added..)

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    I’m not sure I approve of his purpose, but being able to legally identify as younger may be an advantage for middle aged people who are reaching “that age” where the bosses say, “Yeah, they’re good, but we’ll pick the younger guy”.

    I’ve uncovered quite a few instances of it in my family when doing ancestry research.

    The best was a grand aunt whose husband only discovered she was 10 years older when he did the paperwork for her death. He was a young buck over from Canada in WW1 and she was a 31 year old spinster who transformed into 21 year old.

    On the other hand what happens when a 45 year old decides to identify as 65 years old and rolls up to collect a pension? 🙂

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    where the bosses say, “Yeah, they’re good, but we’ll pick the younger guy”.

    It’s mainly because the younger guy is much cheaper.

    jonnyboi
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    When I’m on Tinder and it says I’m 69, I don’t get an answer. When I’m 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position.”

    ewww.

    I was hoping he was making a novel stand against age descrimination, but in fact he’s just an aging perv who probably thinks all women are shallow.

    I suspect his answer to the obvious question that he date women his own age, is that he’s already had them all.

    I might try taking a piss against a lamppost next time I walk into town and if I get challenged about it I’ll just say I identify as a dog so it’s fine!

    This worries me because I identify as a lamppost.

    csb
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    This makes the case of the adult schoolboys in the news quite interesting! If we allowed age transitioning or whatever it would be called it would make service provision mighty tricky.

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    The changing for pension purposes is a great plan, I’ll skip to 67 now, take 10 years retirement whilst I’m “young fit and able” then I’ll clock my age back and work till I’m dead to make up the contributions whilst I’m a dribbling incontinent chair bound wreck.

    Premier Icon nach
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    He’s an “entrepreneur”, so probably just permanently looking for ways to get attention. This is obv. a pretty good one.

    For those of you equating this frippery with transgender people, I have no words to describe your ignorance within the forum rules.

    rene59
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    This makes the case of the adult schoolboys in the news quite interesting!

    There was a case a couple years ago of a grown man who identified/acted like a toddler in a Canadian university. The female staff who had to put up with his nonsense got no support when they complained to the university about his harassment and were asked to keep teaching him. The guy had some weird baby fetish.

    Can he not just lie about his date of birth on the dating site, like every other bugger ?

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Why doesn’t he just lie about his age?

    edit – way too slow (that’ll be my age)

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Can he not just lie about his date of birth on the dating site, like every other bugger ?

    See, there’s the thing, of course he could. But then he’d find women still wouldn’t go for him, so he’d have to start a legal fight to not be considered ugly and another one not to be considered an absolute arsehole. Good luck in the courts granddad.

    For those of you equating this frippery with transgender people, I have no words to describe your ignorance

    I haven’t seen anyone do that in this thread (I might have missed it), but can you spell out the difference so nobody makes that mistake in future?

    Premier Icon mrlebowski
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    What an utter idiot!

    Premier Icon nach
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    I haven’t seen anyone do that in this thread (I might have missed it), but can you spell out the difference so nobody makes that mistake in future?

    It’s so multifaceted I’m unlikely to do it in a post, but here are a few bits. There are something like 17 different chromosomal abnormalities that make gender incredibly complicated. Some of these are edge cases that affect people invisibly without them ever fully realising. Some are more obvious edge cases that lead parents and doctors to make early decisions that can become incredibly distressing for people later in life. None of this is in any scientific dispute, it’s evidence, not ideology that’s put this in our laws and the NHS.

    In the nineties I said something ignorant, and it was a conservative Christian nurse who set me straight on how complicated and non-binary gender can be. A lot of her peers and beliefs had been stacked against her understanding or acknowledging that, but she chose to go with the facts of what she’d seen and had to deal with professionally.

    Thirty years later we still have gender essentialist idiots on forums though, who tend to take the bit about identification and make hilarious jokes about it. If they actually looked into the GRA and process of changing gender, or knew any trans people well at all, they’d understand that it’s absolutely hellish and no one commits to it for a giggle.

    Every process in our society has a minority of bad actors, but in respect of gender, reactionary and alt-right types point to them in attempts to imply all trans people are insincere or wrong or something. That car insurance thing for instance: it’s a story about the law being an ass. There are equally ridiculous loopholes in other parts of the law, which is inevitable in such a complex system, but this one happens to relate to gender. Good luck to “David” if she’s being disingenuous and ever has to make a claim – the insurance company will be all over that. The story fundamentally tells us nothing about trans people and isn’t about them, but by association transphobes can use it as a wedge to try and drive their hateful views deeper into society.

    In this way, the 69 year old guru campaigning to legally change his age has more in common with transphobes than trans people.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    @outofbreath

    Sarcasm really doesn’t come across in internet postings, does it.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    There are something like 17 different chromosomal abnormalities that make gender incredibly complicated

    Are you referring to gender or sex?

    I currently identify as a urine kettle.

    This sort of thing really boils my piss.

    they’d understand that it’s absolutely hellish and no one commits to it for a giggle

    The internet appears to be awash with people doing exactly that. Well, not a giggle, more a way to asset power over women.

    Latest example: Jessica Yaniv, a Canadian transwoman has filed 16 human rights complaints against women who don’t want to wax ‘her’ balls. Jessica also asked for advice on forums on how to show young girls to insert a tampon, but claims their login was hacked and the didn’t write this.

    Premier Icon nach
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    Wow, yeah, it’s almost like transphobes have some sort of agenda to give such edge cases disproportionate attention and repeatedly shove them in our faces, eh? hmm, oh my god, why would they do such a thing. I’m not going to repeat myself, even if you do.

    Are you referring to gender or sex?

    I used gender there but it affects both. Obviously they’re not the same thing but they interact.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    I used gender there but it affects both. Obviously they’re not the same thing but they interact.

    Well yes, but the biological issues you referred to are directly related to sex, I think.

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