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TRANS-AGE: Academic says, people should be allowed to change their legal age if it doesn’t correspond with their “experienced age”

A Finish bioethicist has argued that people should be allowed to change their legal age if it differs from their experiential age.

In an essay published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Joona Räsänen, from the University of Oslo, set out three cases in which an individual should be legally permitted to make themselves younger or older.

Räsänen argued that age-changing should be permitted in three instances: First, if the person “genuinely feels his age differs significantly from his chronological age.”

Second, if the person’s “biological age is recognized to be significantly different from his chronological age.”

And third, if “age change would likely prevent, stop and reduce ageism, discrimination due to age, he would otherwise face.”

Räsänen notes the case of Dutchman Emile Ratelband, the 69-year-old who asked a Dutch court to change his legal age because he feels he’s 20-years younger.

“Transgender people can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate,” Ratelband argued. “In the same spirit, there should be room for an age change.”

If you can change your biological gender, then why not your biological age?

When a culture begins substituting facts for feelings, you end up with a society purely governed by subjective notions. You are whatever you feel you are, whether that’s male or female, old or young, human or some other species. The full-blown assault on truth and reality continues.

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