I advise against it. Ironically, if you were using the word to refer to actual masturbation I wouldn't have a problem. Hey -- an essay about masturbation would be unique and daring and might work if written with a playful tone. But it sounds like you are using the word as part of a BS, "intellectual" personal statement. There is nothing that turns me off more than English majors who BS a lot. If you try and look smart in a personal statement, I think it will backfire. My own opinion of you has already dropped upon hearing what you plan to write about.