"Do you think that women are moving away from a thought/position of recent decades where posing is demeaning and/or degrading towards women?"
Nonsense. Since the first photographer aimed a camera at a woman, some women have done 'degrading' poses, while most would not do those poses. While the percentage of women doing some form of modeling has certainly changed with the advent of the net, I doubt very much that the percentages have changed at all. Second, the question is pretty much meaningless as everyone has their own personal definition of what is "degrading". What might be degrading to one is totally acceptable to someone else. The mere use of the word "degrading" is a value judgement.
"Is there a stigma attached to those that do model?"
Only among the most conservative, anal 'born again' types.
"Is there a shift towards women wanting to be portrayed as "beautiful/glamorous" again?"
I'm confused by the term "again". Does that mean in your opinion there was a period in which women did not want to be shown as "beautiful/glamorous". Not im my 50 years of experience have I ever photographed a woman who wanted to look ubbeautiful or unglamorous.!
"Are more women getting pictures done?"
Probably not. Women have always been the primary subject in general portraiture, going back to when a portrait studio was on every other corner. But are women getting more 'risque' portraits done, probably so. In my own experience, a bulk of my provate commissions are made up of women in the 40s an d 50's who said they wanted to have nudes done in theoir 20s, but did not have the nerve. Now they are getting photos done "before it all falls apart".
"Are they getting pictures done to affirm their self-image or to see themselves in a different way?"
"What would you say to someone who does believe it is demeaning/degrading?"
Apparently you do based on your questions. To that I say bull****! Some believe the statue of David is degrading.
Is there a stigma attached to those that do model? Is there a shift towards women wanting to be portrayed as "beautiful/glamorous" again? Are more women getting pictures done? Are they getting pictures done to affirm their self-image or to see themselves in a different way? What would you say to someone who does believe it is demeaning/degrading?
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.