Dutchman Emile Ratelband is taking legal action to lower his age by 20 years in a move he says will push back against age discrimination and boost his dating prospects.
The 69-year-old Dutch TV personality and self-styled positivity guru has asked a court in the Netherlands to approve his request for a new birthday that officially would make him 49.
Mr 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.
"With this freedom of choice, choice of name, freeness of gender, I want to have my own age. I want to control myself," he said.
Mr Ratelband says he wants to avoid age discrimination in society — especially on dating websites.
"So when I ask for a mortgage, for example, they say it's impossible," he said.
"If I go on Tinder, then I get women from 68, 69 when women are there."
When asked if he could just hide the truth about his age he said; "I don't want to lie. I want to be myself, so don't force me to lie."
The self-proclaimed positivity guru argued that he feels 20 years younger, and compared the age difference to being transgender, despite the concepts being completely different.
"You can change your name. You can change your gender. Why not your age? Nowhere are you so discriminated against as with your age," he told De Telegraaf.
Ratelband argued that he is a "young god" and said changing his age would allow him to "live differently," saying he would get more matches on Tinder if he could use a younger age.
Ratelband also argued in court that he feels discriminated against because of his older age, according to RLE Nieuws. The Netherlands' constitution "prohibits direct and indirect distinction in employment relations on the basis of age," but some claim that people over 50 have been the most impacted by austerity measures in the country.