Friends, in past articles I have at times used the metaphor of prostitution as a means of criticising those who I deem worthy of criticism.
But this inevitably raises the question: if I’m using prostitutes as a metaphor for something bad, then doesn’t that mean that I must have a negative attitude towards prostitutes themselves?
Well, actually no. It’s the difference between one’s actual feelings and a mere literary conceit.
But more importantly this ties into a much large philosophical issue: the problem of is/ought distinctions.