Although Ulysses does pay some attention to female breasts as sites of sexual arousal, it more often refers to them as sources of milk, using unexciting words like "paps" and "bubs." In their opening chapters, both Stephen and Bloom unflatteringly associate women's mammary organs with those of animals, suggesting a resolutely biological approach to this feature of the mammalian body. Molly does not think in these barnyard terms, but she has a host of practical thoughts about breasts that seem never to occur to men.

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The Milkmaid, oil painting by Jan Vermeer, ca. 1658, held in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Source: