I tried several times to save my gender (male) and location (northernGermany) in my profile but after saving the values are always empty >:( (In my own test forum (1.1.5 too) it works fine :P
Strange I was able to update it as an admin.
Well - admins have usually all rights :D
Came to mind: normal users don't need gender and location :D or in latin: quod licet jovi non licet bovi
Still won't save my gender or place :(