What critical and creative tools can we explore to develop sexual safety education that is vivid and engaging? What does it mean to question gender norms? How can we design initiatives that involve young people actively in questioning gendered sexual behaviors that reproduce risk and damage to enable them to stem HIV epidemics? We will look at novels and films to explore how gender is culturally scripted, with particular emphasis on masculinity and formations of heterosexuality - then relate these to the context of HIV. The course draws on the instructor's experience helping build gender-focused HIV initiatives in many different cultures. It includes participatory learning processes and active student design of creative input for educational action that can stimulate critical literacy about gender, sexual safety and HIV. If more men students took this course, we could change the world.