Hi Reddit, my name is Brian Watson, and I am Reddit's resident historian of pornography, and I just completed my first book, Annals of Pornographie: How Porn Became Bad. AMA about my research or book!
Hiya folks! I'm Brian Watson, reddit's resident historian of pornography and obscenity (also on twitter at @HistoryOfPorn). You might know me for some of the AMAs I've done at /r/AskHistorians under my regular handle (AMA:History of Sexuality, AMA:History of Pornography 1400-1800, and AMA History of Pornography and Libertine Literature in Europe, 1500-1850 ) or from the various blog posts I've done over at /r/history!
If you don't know me, allow me to introduce myself! I'm a historian that started out studying history of the book in grad school and for my M.A. I turned my focus to pornography and obsenity, both because I find the topic so interesting but also because it is absurdly relevant right now: we live in an era of free access to pornography for everyone, yet no one is talking about it--and when they do, they are ignorant of its history as a genre that critiqued and challenged the people in power--the church, the state, and society.
After I finished grad school I decided that I wanted to expand my thesis into a full length book, which I called Annals of Pornographie: How Porn Became Bad. I blogged my progress on my website here (I guarantee that link will go down fast) and you can purchase it on Amazon, Smashwords, Nook, and soon iBooks. I've chosen to self-publish as a way of getting it in front of mainstream publishers--a lot of agents do not want to touch it because of its subject matter--hopefully this AMA helps :)
So AMA about the history of pornography, obscenity, or sexuality! Or anything else I suppose... I don't have much of a filter.
EDIT: I have to go to a party for right now, but I will be sure to get to all the questions I can over the next few days! Thank you guys for a great time!