Penis Anatomical Position
Ok, I have never understood why we use the terms we use in reference to penile anatomy positional relationships.
This is what I mean: so the VENTRAL side of the penis is the bottom of it where your corpus spongiosum is, and the DORSAL side is the top of it where the tops of the corpus cavernosa, the dorsal vein, and the dorsal nerve are located.
Anatomical position is defined as standing upright, palms facing forward (anteriorly, wrists supinated), feet flat on the floor and parallel, head and eyes facing forward.
Ventral means towards the front of the body, dorsal means towards the back of the body.
So in the anatomical position I suppose the penis would be hanging flaccid with the glans pointed at the floor. In that instance the positional terms would be reversed as the CS is facing the back of the body and the dorsal vein is facing the front of the body. Even if the penis was erect, the dorsal vein would be on the superior side and the CS would be on the inferior side. The only position where dorsal and ventral would be used correctly is if the penis was pointing straight up at the ceiling, and this doesn’t seem like a standard anatomical position for the penis.
When we talk about animals that walk on four legs, or six legs, or eight legs, or slither on no legs, etc. we refer to the underside as ventral, but the penis is not an animal. Though it does resemble a snake… :)
Anyway, anyone with basic knowledge of anatomy please feel free to chime in on this, because I am quite confused at the moment on this one.