Forgiveness and "letting go" are always important in any kind of relationship.

Sometimes someone (often a woman) simply "needs her space" or a little time-out by herself and the other partner (often a man) wrongly assumes (to the extreme) on that basis that the relationship is destined for a break-up or "friend zone."

Men who live in certain areas or cultures known as red-light districts are often taught "no means no" with harsh enforcement and severe consequences for even the most minor infraction or violation of the Mafia's Code of Omertà, which demands a certain overdone or obsequious "respect" for women, almost as if a man were required to take a deep bow and tip a wide sombrero for a lady.

It is somewhat ironic, because the Mafia makes money running women into prostitution, and stable relationships and families are anathema to that business.