Ahem, I am a manly fan of it.

Jan Freeman, in the Boston Globe:

If semicolons are masculine enough for Melville and Irving, why should they unsettle Barthelme and Vonnegut? Are today’s male writers just more insecure than yesterday’s about the manliness of their vocation?

Man-up or put down the pen; the semi-colon is beautiful, elegant sign of nuance and complexity.